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Inspirations New Plaza’s River View

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Meet Your Banker

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We introduce you to 11 local financial institution representatives who truly care about you and your financial footing.

Who do you trust when your ride needs a little car doctoring? Most certianly you’ll find your favorite on this list of highly rated mechanics.

architectural inspirations Just a little highlight of some of the region’s talented architects and designers so you can get to know them—and their work—a little better.

on the cover Home Away From Home Photo by Oliver Irwin Ode to the area’s talented architects in our architectural inspiration feature and as we share this stunning, cozy Lake Pend Oreille cabin owned by Spokane residents Dawn and Larry Sorensen.

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Doug Clark shares the story of Rocket Girl Donna Browne and her speedy biker winning ways.





Editor Letter


Stephanie’s Thoughts

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First Look and Buzz New Plaza Lilacs & Lemons Artist Eye Road Trip Spokane Rising #SpokanePulse



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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

For the Sake of Sanity


’ve always been a long-suffering superstar; perfecting, over time, higher levels of patience and toleration than is mentally healthy. And although I was once told I would earn jewels in my crown in heaven for my excruciating sticktoitiveness, that delightful enticement couldn’t hold out forever in the flesh. There is a scrawny, squiggly line sketched between patience, commitment, dedication and … insanity. Which reminds me of a story a friend shared a few years ago after she rammed her suburban into her boyfriend’s house during, which would prove to be, the last hurrah of that relationship. She called me in hysterics. She shared all of the reasons he was an awful human, the many times his indiscretions had come to light, and how he had driven her to madness. She had proof, too. Hard evidence she could share. Screenshots, even. She had believed his numerous promises— promises he had swiftly obliterated as soon as he made them. She wanted me to join her tirade, to break the air with his bashing. She sent me the evidential screenshots I hadn’t cared to see, and I looked at them against my better judgement. They were not in his favor. She wanted me to agree he was awful, but I couldn’t. I certainly would not have been a fan of experiencing what she shared she had experienced. But, I know humans are really good at giving those around them an education on themselves, and it’s up to

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us to decide how we want to navigate those “truths in identity.” We can accept them as they are, or take a hard left the first chance we get (you might be familiar with that particular left turn … and the screeching sound your wheels make as you peel out in front of oncoming traffic). Thrashing him wasn’t something I cared to do. I have discovered, on more than one occasion throughout life, that focusing on someone else’s actions is the least worthy investment of time. I wanted to be supportive of her, to help her come down from it all, to ease the pressure built-up in her head that her new personal mission was to defame him. “You stayed too long,” I said. “He is who he is and he proved that to you time after time—and as much as he’s obviously not a good fit for you, I’m not going to say he’s a bad guy in general.” The trouble with situations involving connections to others is that we ride the line of our “want” so fiercely our vision is blurred to the realistic (non)possibility for something different—we want and demand change that people or circumstances aren’t able, capable, equipped, ready, or willing to make—and we make them the bad guys for it. When it’s actually on us—not them—to make that reckoning and adjust accordingly. So, there is my friend in the dark of night sitting behind the steering wheel of her supersized suburban revving the gas to smash her car—and the insanity it contained—into the side of her boyfriend’s house. Some may check themselves in this moment. Ease up on the gas peddle. Keep their wits and call a lifeline. Anything to interrupt the madness of the moment so a sliver of sanity can slip in. But, instead, my friend eased up on the break peddle of her big rig and let her anger run it straight through his garage door. This was years ago and everyone has since recovered. But I have used the visual of my friend sitting in her suburban, ready to slam the peddle to the metal, when I’ve felt like I was about to snap. “Don’t stay too long, sister,” I say to myself. “They are who

they are—or it is what it is—and you better adjust before you lose your mind.” It’s not a noble act in any setting to stay beyond sanity’s expiration date—in the workplace, on social media, in a friendship, within a romantic connection, ties to family members, conversations on topics such as politics, social economic disparities, homelessness, biblical righteousness, and so on. There are plenty of other ways to “earn” jewels in your crown in heaven, for those souls who value such a dream. When emotions reach their grip around the physiological spaces in our bodies— when our heart thumps into our ears, or we begin breathing through our pores, or our gut launches a war within—it’s a mighty good sign to ease off the gas peddle, and invest special—and serious—attention to what is occurring within us in regards to what surrounds us. The only proof you need that it’s time to step out and away is how your body feels. There will always be challenges in life, and there is much worth fighting for—but it’s important to discern the effects on our wellbeing. I recently told a friend who was on the edge that she’s the eagle in the coal mine—a canary would have been long gone by now. It’s a dangerous space for our mental health to stay in environments, relationships or conversations that wreck us. Wishing clarity, peace, mental health, and never “staying too long”—to us all. We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, and we are Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Please find me on Facebook and Instagram—and hop over to “like” the Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living page—to stay connected between press dates, and share your thoughts, stories, and life in real time.  For the sake of sanity,

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR/what you had to say

Community Contributions Dear Stephanie, I thank you so much for the time you take to celebrate the many good things going on in our region. We’re grateful to Bozzi Media for a wonderful (Power 50 Awards) even and opportunity to come together. You have many fans of your magazine and we’re among them. Thank you for the contributions you make to the quality of life in the Inland Northwest. With great appreciation. —Christine Johnson, Community Colleges of Spokane chancellor

Lilacs & Lemons I recently read the latest issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living and noticed a piece on STA’s Central City Line project—listed as a lemon in the “lilacs and lemons” section. The brief blurb offered a pretty negative view of a project that has seen very strong community support, even when the budget estimate increased after a third-party federal review from the FTA’s Project Management Oversight Contractor, Urban Engineers. The STA Board of Directors, represented by 11 elected officials from the Spokane region, including Spokane County Commissioners Al French and Josh Kerns, voted unanimously to support the project with local funds because they see the value it brings our region. I would suggest connecting with one of them to share their perspective on why it’s more of a “lilac” post than a “lemon.” Our CEO, E. Susan Meyer, would also gladly sit down with you to share why she has worked so hard on the project for the past 10 years. Additionally, the odd back-of-the envelope suggestion to pay for 500 users’ Uber rides for the next 40 years seems iffy—I’d love to learn more about this idea if you’re willing to share. My main interest would be in evaluating it in light of economic development, congestion mitigation, air quality, ADA accessibility and many of the other public benefits provided by public transit. Please let me know if you’d like more information about the Central City Line, or any of the other projects we’re working on, including connecting Idaho and Washington via I-90 planned for 2025. — Brandon Rapez-Betty, STA communications and customer service director

Beautiful Magazine I saw your magazine in the waiting room while in Spokane visiting a family member who was in the hospital. I have to say it is so stunning. The images and the glossy pages are so beautifully done. Even the advertisements grabbed my attention, and made me want to visit a few places while I was in town. I was also impressed by the editor’s note and appreciated how she personalized her message unlike so many other publications that write strictly about the content, and don’t dive into anything moving. I got the sense that Stephanie truly cares about the community as a whole, which was a refreshing take. Inspiring work by your team that made me think of moving to this area someday. Thank you. —Sarah Nemke

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he completion of the 2.2 million gallon underground tank project that closed Spokane Falls Boulevard on the north side of the downtown library for months was celebrated at the end of last month. The project is the result of a 180 million dollar investment the city has made across the community to improve the health of the Spokane River. The massive tank is one of two dozen of its kind throughout the city preventing wastewater from entering the river. Wastewater will be held until it can be discharged to the city’s water reclamation plant for proper processing. Mayor David Condon says the project helped the city to think differently about how to approach big, complicated projects. “From the very beginning, we began to look


and explore the concept of integration,” he says. “The work led to our integrated clean water plan, which saved some $150 million and gave us better pollution reduction benefits. It sparked the idea that we should create above-ground benefits when we’re building below-ground infrastructure. This plaza is a perfect example of that.” The plaza celebrates the history of the Spokane Tribe and is adorned with metal art pieces honoring the role of Native fishing at the site of the falls. “These falls over here, for 100 days every year, our tribe would fish an average of a thousand salmon out of this river,” says Jeff Ferguson, the project’s lead artist. “We would pull, on average, 30-pound salmon. They would get as large, in June, as 110 pounds and over five feet long. When they would ride away with the horses, the salmon would drag from the saddle horns. It was an amazing sight to see.” The plaza will open permanently in the spring, after the concrete has had sufficient time to cure.











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{good out of bad}

lilacslemons by Vince Bozzi LILACS to Spokane Cheers and Jeers on Facebook for showing how many angels we have in Spokane. Just a quick perusal reveals a random lady walking up to a woman and her kids with six $20 bills in an envelope, people paying off grocery tabs when customers come up short, ladies handing a book of ride coupons to mothers with children at the fair, and a great number of police officers helping out beyond the call of duty. Sure, there are stories about bad behavior, but it’s encouraging to see so many full hearts here. LEMONS to Michael Leach, the WSU coach, for calling his players “fat, dumb and happy and entitled.” Even if partially true, it’s no way to inspire those who play for your hefty paycheck. He appears not to have missed too many Quarter Pounders himself. LILACS to Valley General Hospital for forgiving their patients’ debts. Sure, they were kind of ordered to do some sort of give-back after having designated too little of their income to charity, but it’s nice that it’s going to those who probably need it most. LEMONS to school systems who single out children who are behind in paying their lunch money. Branding them as losers and singling them out in front of their peers is a poor way to encourage self-esteem, and it’s difficult for them to learn while hungry. Send the parents to a collection agency if they must, but let the children eat.

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LILACS to the Chinese Lantern Festival

and Spokane Valley for bringing back a Christmas light show NEXT Christmas (2020) in a new location: Mirabeau Park. It will be called Northwest Winterfest, and the park is a great location for the display, with great parking and a central location. We’re happy the festival is returning.

LEMONS to Google for adding speed traps to their Maps App. Although it’s tempting to cheer for that new feature, finding ways to skirt laws is morally indefensible and it creates huge jams through residential neighborhoods when drivers steer off busy arterials en masse. Ironically, neighborhoods are usually SLOWER to drive through anyway, especially when backed up with cars. LILACS to the Spokane City Council for finding a way to open a warming center just in time for cold weather, on Cannon Street near downtown. It may be just a one-year solution, but it’s important that we take care of the least of these. Although we can’t control how kindnesses are received, we CAN choose to BE kind. And kindness spreads out like ripples in a very positive way. LILACS to Spokane Public Schools

for considering a $103 fine for students caught vaping. New data show that vaping isn’t really a safe alternative to cigarettes and it’s putting more and more young people into the addiction trap. Let’s try to stop this nonsense before it gets any bigger.

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The first time I ever visited the Woman’s Club was back in college. My then boyfriend, now husband, invited me out contra dancing, something I’d never done before. We danced to a live band in a warm space on the historic wood floors. Hosting community events, dancing, and the annual holiday show every November, the Woman’s Club remains a valuable resource for our community—now for more than 100 years—and is still the meeting place of the Spokane Chapter of the General Federation Women’s Club. Megan Perkins uses her brush to capture the spirit of Spokane places and events, exploring her hometown with paint and love. Follow her adventures on Instagram @artistseyeonspokane, Facebook and 22 / NOVEMBER 2019



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by Anthony Gill

It may be hard to believe, but in the period before the Great Depression, Spokane had one of the best developed streetcar networks in the country. Lines stretched from Francis on the Northside past 37th on the South Hill, and from Government Way in the west to Havana in the valley. In recent years, the city and neighborhood stakeholders have made a conscious effort to revitalize some of the commercial districts which were once traversed by these streetcars. North Monroe, East Sprague, and Market Street in Hillyard provide prominent examples of neighborhood centers made much more walkable, lively, and prosperous as a result of redevelopment and major transportation investment. Now, this successful formula may come to the South Hill. The streetcar line which stretched furthest south traveled along Grand Boulevard, past 37th. Here, while most heritage structures have long since been removed in favor of

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suburban-style shopping centers and strip malls, echoes of the past land use and character remain visible in older church buildings, the former Jefferson Elementary, and the street system’s grid pattern with small overall lot sizes. Some former homes here have been converted to commercial use, and new businesses, like Remedy, make creative use of space, even including a rooftop patio. With substantial growth on the South Hill and a city-wide need for new housing

and transportation options, South Grand––along with the area centered at 29th and Regal––could offer a testbed for transforming areas of our city without as many “good bones” as the Perry District or Garland. Already, the STA’s Monroe-Regal line will include several stops nearby. This fall, the City launched its first major effort to understand the potential of the area, as it considers changes like adding bike lanes, reducing lane widths, improving and widening sidewalks, allowing denser development, and focusing redevelopment along the street, among other ideas. In reviewing these possibilities, the City should go big. For example, could the street support protected bike lanes to ease commutes on and off of the upper South Hill (which notably lacks a bicycle connection, other than High Drive)? Might the former Albertson’s at 37th and Grand offer an opportunity for multistory apartment- or condo-style redevelopment, with space for a new grocery store on the first floor? Would areas of the nearby neighborhood closest to Grand be amenable to allowing duplexes, triplexes, and quad-plexes? What new stormwater and environmental features could be applied to benefit both residents and the neighborhood? What if we eliminated parking requirements for new pedestrian-oriented developments? Ultimately, due to its small size, relatively suburban character, and major opportunity sites, South Grand offers an excellent opportunity to test these ideas for future rollout in other areas of the city. Think Euclid, Francis, and Northwest Boulevard, among others. Indeed, in dreaming big, we could create a next-generation of “streetcar suburbs” across Spokane, connected not by rails, but by frequent and easy-to-use STA buses, protected bike lanes, and safe sidewalks. Anthony Gill is an economic development professional, graduate student, and founder of Spokane Rising, an urbanist blog focused on ways to make our city a better place to live.

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by Erin Peterson

From grapes to glass, every step is one to celebrate in wine country. As a first-time

visitor to this jewel in the crown of Washington’s vine district, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the myriad of tasting rooms that are present in this restful city, or the quiet opulence that is its hallmark providing visitors with the energy to tackle a few of the more than 140 tasting rooms in town. Crush season this year was cut short by the sudden onset of cold temperatures, which means the crews in Walla Walla have been working overtime to bring in the grapes for their world-class wines. Don’t miss your chance to cheer them on in person with a glass of cabernet sauvignon in your hand.


Eritage Resort stood out to us as one of the most luxurious hotel options in Walla Walla, and we were right. Everything a guest sees and touches at this expertly-designed getaway in the heart of a vineyard is designed to elevate your experience to more than just a place to sleep. We were utterly spoiled by the staff and the environment here. The brand new bungalows on Lake Sienna have a deck that overlooks the water and the vineyard, and it is the best place to put your feet up after a long, arduous day of wine tasting. Our bungalow suite had a fireplace that provided a relaxing ambience as the sun went down. Tuck into your premium linens and enjoy a glorious night of sleep as you hear the frogs in the lake lull you into a solid evening of rest. 26 / NOVEMBER 2019

Walla Walla

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Walla Walla is anything but short of culinary delights. There are charming cafĂŠs throughout downtown and destination dining throughout the valley. We wanted to experience as much dining luxury as we could muster, so we chose to attend the Guest Chef Series dinner at Eritage. This multi-course wine dinner was in partnership with Long Shadows Winery, and their resident winemaker, Gilles Nicault, expertly paired the perfect glass of wine with each dish. Equally indulgent was a steak dinner at Walla Walla Steak Company, which is set in the old train station for the town. The best part is that no matter how you want to dine, they have you covered. Upon entering, to the left is the casual brewery, Cross Buck Brewing, and to the right is the upscale steakhouse for a more refined experience. Taking on the cooking for both sides, the kitchen staff is of the highest caliber, and you know that every plate coming out of it will be perfection. Where else can you get a 36-ounce prime tomahawk ribeye steak carved tableside for two? The dining room was crowded with happy guests, so be sure to make a reservation early, or you might miss out. NOVEMBER 2019 /


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With so many tasting rooms to choose from, you may have difficulty planning just where you want to end up. Our favorites were Long Shadows, which has an elegant tasting room featuring art by Chihuly and a state-of-the-art facility, Three Rivers Winery, with a warm, welcoming tasting room, and Waterbrook Winery, which had a menu parallelling its wine offerings elegance and accessible price points. Honestly, you can throw a dart at a map and end up in a fantastic winery. Don’t hesitate to go off the beaten path—you just might find a new treasure.

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I am introspective by nature and loved the activities that we could access at Eritage Resort itself. There are paddleboards, kayaks, bikes, and a pool, as well as a gorgeous vineyard, providing a pictaresque opportunity for a morning stroll through the vines. Pioneer Park has some of the oldest trees in the state of Washington and a variety of attractions, including a large duck pond, an aviary, the Gazebo, a sledding hill, and a rose garden. Whitman Mission and Fort Walla Walla museum will appeal to the history buffs, too. If you haven’t yet had a chance to experience Walla Walla, I hope you’ll arrive as delighted as I did and wonder why you didn’t go sooner. If it’s been awhile—the vines are calling, and you should probably answer. Erin is a professional educator, awardwinning blogger and passionate local restaurant advocate with the Spokane Culinary Arts Guild. When she isn't teaching, she is cooking for friends and family, eating at the best ingredient-driven restaurants she can find, researching and writing about it. You can follow her adventures on Instagram at @scaguild.

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INCANDESCENT SPOKANE Spokane Riverfront Park by Sarah Carleton Instagram @gatherandsavor

We were wandering around Riverfront park as a family enjoying how everything looked to be showing off in its Fall glory. The incandescent glow from the grass caught my eye so we walked over to give it a closer look and I knew I needed to snap a picture. I loved how the iconic clocktower was framed by the golden hues of Autumn—it was such a “Spokane” picture.  30 / NOVEMBER 2019

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Spokane Riverfront Park by Natasha Edwards Instagram @her.pnw.stories

I’ve lived here for two years and Spokane’s Riverfront Park never fails to impress me. The giant “grandfather” clock is a Spokane icon and a beautiful one at that. I find myself capturing the clock tower when there is an overcast. The cloudy skies help nature’s palette pop.

THE PARK WE LOVE Riverfront Park by Sarah Brown Instagram @ sarahbrownimages

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tional impact. We always try to write melodies that are so infectious they don’t need lyrics and lyrics so poetic that they don’t need a melody, but when you combine the two together they create an alloy where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Once those songs are woven together into a tapestry they create a story which gives each song a third dimension. “That was so much in the spirit of Trans-Siberian Orchestra,” O’Neill said. “This is a group—a constantly morphing group—of extremely creative and talented individuals who are always trying to raise the bar of where a band can take its audience sonically, visually and emotionally. With that as our core ideal, the possibilities are endless.” Returning to Spokane with all-new staging and effects is the unforgettable show that started it all, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” which began the unique format O’Neill called “Rock Theater” and forged a deep connection with their fans that it turned into the wildly-successful tour, cementing the group’s status as a must-see, multi-generational, holiday tradition and kick-started the trend of Yuletide season tours. (800) 325SEAT or





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THE SCENE/lilac lit

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Washington State Authors Publish New Books This fall has seen lovely new releases in children’s and young

adult literature. Two Washington State standouts include Kelly Milner Halls’s Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide (Little Bigfoot, $16.99 at Auntie’s Bookstore) and Candice Montgomery’s By Any Means Necessary (Page Street Kids, $17.99, also at Auntie’s). Kelly Milner Halls is the author of more than 50 non-fiction books for children. Her penchant for researching the weird and wondrous is reflected in titles such as Hatchlings: Life-Sized Baby Dinosaurs, Death Eaters: Meet Nature’s Scavengers, and Aliens Investigation: Searching for the Truth about UFOs and Aliens. Her books are utterly beloved by the grade school set. A self-described “weird kid,” she writes the books she would have loved to read as a youth, with words that readers— eager or reluctant—devour. Cryptid Creatures, her latest, really does look like a field guide, making it the sort of book a child would love to carry with them everywhere. It’s filled with charming blue-ink illustrations by Rick Spears, featuring standards like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, and many others, too, such as the Kenyan Marzoi. Kelly Milner Halls shares exciting information that, amidst all of the fun fantasy, also manages to be both historically accurate and scientific. Cryptid Creatures will encourage kids to discover the world around them and explore its many wonders. Kelly Milner Halls lives and works in Spokane and speaks here locally at public schools and libraries. Visit her website to learn more: Candice Montgomery lives on the West Side of Washington State, cranking out her own titles. In the last couple of years she’s published two YA (young adult) novels, the first Home and Away,

in which Tasia Lynn Quirk—a confident, smart black girl who happens to be the only female member of her private school’s football team—discovers a startling family secret. Following the upsetting news, she is forced to examine her entire identity and the roles forced on her by society and family, including race, sex, and class. Kirkus starred the novel and called it, “A love letter to the intricacies of family and multitudinous black girlhood.” Montgomery’s latest just hit bookshelves last month. By Any Mean Necessary tells the story of Torrence McKenzie, a young gay black man who arrives at college hoping for a change of his hard luck. He’s had a rough and impoverished life: a father who abandoned him long ago, a mother in a coma, an uncle killed by police, and a homophobic grandpa who serves as Torrence’s guardian. His uncle kept an apiary and leaves this to Torrence in his will, but the city seizes it to pay off taxes. Desperate for a new start for himself but unwilling to let his uncle’s beehives go (as vulturistic developers eye the land greedily), the book follows Torrence as he struggles not to compromise his new life while honoring his family. A novel focused on gentrification, individualism, and community, Publishers Weekly raves, “Rather than providing pat answers to complicated problems, this contemporary coming-of-age novel raises essential questions to ponder.” You can read more about Candice Montgomery on her website, Congratulations to both Kelly Milner Halls and Candice Montgomery for their new titles this autumn. Go out and support these fantastic writers and pick up their books from your favorite indie bookstore or public library.

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Three Birdies Bakery by Erin Peterson

Jamie Roberts is a creative force to be reckoned

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Veterans Day Ceremony: Honoring Those Who Served The Spokane VA Medical Center is pleased to join the leadership and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51 for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Monday, November 11th beginning at 10:00am. Doors open at 9:00am. The Veterans Display on the concourse will be available for viewing immediately following the ceremony. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or NOVEMBER 14:

Ray LaMontagne: Just Passing Through Tour Fox Presents Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne on the stage of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox as part of his Just Passing Through acoustic tour, highlighting songs from his vast and varied body of work. LaMontagne will be playing songs spanning across his albums including Trouble, Till The Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain, God Willin’ & The Creek 40 / NOVEMBER 2019

Don’t Rise, Supernova, Ouroboros, and Part Of The Light. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or NOVEMBER 20-24:

Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new

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Spokane Symphony Movies & Music 1: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert Live to Film One of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, will be projected on the big screen with dialog and effects, accompanied by Danny Elfman’s enigmatic score played live by the Spokane Symphony. Based on an original story written by Burton, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was released in October 1993. The score is provided by long-time Burton collaborator, Danny Elfman and stars Chris Sarandon as Jack

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Cirque Musica Holiday A Cirque Musica production blends the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest cirque performers with stunning music. Audiences are treated to a full sensory experience that will leave them in awe of the beauty, thrills, and majesty that is Cirque Musica. Cirque Musica Holiday will bring audiences on a journey into a world of wishes with unforgettable visuals and amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. This is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great holiday music while enjoying spectacular costumes, production, and an edge of your seat circus experience. First Interstate Center (previously INB Performing Arts Center). 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest. com.

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How to Keep Health Care Costs Under Control in Retirement If you’ve been covered by a generous employer group health plan, you may be in for a rude awakening when you retire. Here are some tricks for keeping health care costs under control after you retire.

by Elaine Floyd, CFP®


lthough the government may subsidize some of your health care costs under the Medicare program, you will still be responsible for certain out-of-pocket costs. You will want to do everything in your power to prepare for these costs, as well as avoid unnecessary costs like late enrollment penalties, overpriced private plans, and superfluous trips to the doctor. AVOIDING LATE-ENROLLMENT PENALTIES Did you know that there’s a penalty for not enrolling in Medicare on time? That’s because the only way the system can work is if everyone — the sick and the healthy, the young and the old — participate in the program. If you fail to enroll in Medicare when you are supposed to, you will be charged a penalty equal to 10% of the Part B premium for every 12 months you delayed signing up for Medicare. The penalty is permanent and must be paid for the rest of your life. To avoid it, find out when you need to enroll in Medicare and be sure to sign up during your enrollment period. If you are retired and covered by a retiree plan,

or if you are working and covered by a plan that covers fewer than 20 employees, you must enroll in Medicare Part B no later than the third month after your 65th birthday. If you (or your spouse) are still working and covered by a group plan that covers 20 or more employees, you must enroll in Medicare no later than the 8th month after your group coverage ends. Practically speaking, you’ll want to avoid gaps in coverage by enrolling in Medicare before your employer coverage ends. But to avoid penalties, make sure you sign up no later than the end of your enrollment period. SHOP CAREFULLY FOR PRIVATE INSURANCE Medicare does not cover everything. In order to avoid coverage gaps for prescription drugs and the portion of medical services that Medicare doesn’t pay for, you will need to have private insurance. Whether you buy a comprehensive Medigap policy plus a standalone prescription drug plan, or enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you will need to shop carefully to get the best plan for your needs.

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Comparing monthly premiums is just a starting point. You will also need to pay attention to deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance amounts considering the specific drugs and types of services you need. A recent study by eHealth found that 90% of Medicare beneficiaries are paying too much for their drug plans. The study evaluated more than 23,000 Medicare beneficiaries who entered their current plan and medication information into the tool. Only 8% were in the Medicare prescription drug plan with the lowest total out-of-pocket costs available to them, and fewer than 15% were in the Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan with the lowest total out-of-pocket costs available to them. Data showed that changing to the plan with the overall lowest out- of-pocket cost could potentially save the average user more than $500 in one year. Not to mention, there is a wide disparity in Medigap premiums. Nationally, the average annual premium for Plan F in 2018 was $1,712. But a 65-year-old in Hartford, CT can spend anywhere from $2,900 to $7,400 annually, according to Weiss Ratings. Use the Medicare Plan Finder tool ( or talk to your state’s health insurance assistance program ( and choose the lowest-price plan that offers the level of coverage and customer service that you need. BE A COST-CONSCIOUS CONSUMER OF HEALTHCARE Of the factors underlying the meteoric rise in health care costs over the past two decades, the growing role of health insurance in our country has been held responsible in part because it tends to make consumers unaware of costs when they seek health care services. This is especially true for workers with comprehensive employer health insurance. Once you go onto Medicare you will need to be aware of health care costs. Otherwise you could be surprised by some rather large medical bills. Start by asking if your doctor accepts Medicare—some don’t. Ask if the doctor accepts assignment, which means you will be billed no more than the Medicare-approved amount, with you (or your Medigap insurer) being responsible only for the deductible and coinsurance amounts. Examine your insurer’s drug list and be aware of the copayments and coinsurance amounts for drugs you take. Do this annually, because drug plans change from year to year. Take into consideration all of your health care needs, including dental care and other services not covered by Medicare, and be aware of all of your out-of- pocket costs — preferably before they are incurred.

REDUCE THE INCOME-RELATED MONTHLY ADJUSTMENT AMOUNT If your income is over $85,000 (if single) or $170,000 (if married), you will be charged an income-related monthly adjustment amount on top of your regular Part B and Part D premiums. These are cliff thresholds, which means if your income is just $1 over the amount, you will be charged the higher amount. Talk to your financial and tax advisors about ways you may be able to reduce your modified adjusted gross income in order to avoid these excess charges. There may not be anything you can do to avoid the IRMAA, but if you’re near one of the cliff thresholds, proper tax planning care save you a lot of money in additional premium expenses over the course of your retirement. SEEK PREVENTIVE CARE AND STAY HEALTHY Although staying healthy won’t help you reduce your premium costs, it will certainly help you avoid copayments and coinsurance amounts. Stay healthy by exercising and eating right. Get your free flu shot every year. Take advantage of Medicare’s free screenings, such as mammograms, prostate cancer screenings, colorectal cancer screenings, and others. Certain conditions, if discovered early, can be treated quickly and easily and at a much lower cost than if hospitalization or expensive drugs are required. You should view staying healthy as a reward in and of itself, and also bear in mind that it will not necessarily save you money overall: The longer you live, the more you’ll pay in premiums. When designing a healthcare budget, it pays to account for the possibility of a very long life. We’ve outlined here a few ways you can keep your healthcare expenses under control in retirement. Unfortunately, it is not an entirely predictable expense. In order to get a firmer grasp of your personal retirement health care situation, you should consult both your doctors and your financial advisor. Elaine Floyd, CFP®, is the Director of Retirement and Life Planning, Horsesmouth, LLC., where she focuses on helping people understand the practical and technical aspects of retirement income planning.

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Your Finest Financial Footings


& the Bankers Working to Get You There

ne of the best aspects of life in the 21st century is the amount of choices we have: choices in shopping, restaurants, home goods and services, education, financial institutions and more. In banking, the days of forcing customers to tolerate “we’ve always done it this way” have expired, and the days of gaining control over where you place your money—and who you build meaningful relationships with—have never been more of a reality. With this has come a more discerning community—one that values experience as much as mechanisms.

We decided to team up with three of our financial institution clients to help us—and our readers—put the flesh on the bones of those who manage our money. And the cherry on top of banking in Spokane is that your neighbors, the people who truly care about your wellbeing and want to see you succeed personally and in business, are those in the ready to empower you to your finest financial footings, along with the positive experience you have while managing that precious and important commodity. Read on to meet 11 of your local “bankers” and to learn just a blip of why they hold you and your resources in the highest of regards.




CATALYST/meet your banker

Charlotte Nemec

President/CEO, Canopy Credit Union


harlotte Nemec jokes that she went into the financial industry because she wanted a job with “banker’s hours.” The irony is that as president and CEO of Canopy Credit Union, she doesn’t work for a “bank,” but rather a member-owned, not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution. Nemec, who joined Canopy Credit Union in 1995, has been in her current position since 2018, after starting in human resources and then serving as vice president for 14 years.  Leadership was her true career path. What better way to make a difference in the lives of team members, credit union members and the community at large than helping them to build a solid financial future by providing the highest quality products and services available? “Unlike a commercial bank, most credit unions do not pay their directors nor does a small group of shareholders make decisions about what they feel is in the best interest of the institution, and, ultimately, their own pocketbook. A credit union is a cooperative— and we make decisions based on what is in the best interests of our members,” Nemec says. “As the forest canopy collaborates with the ecosystem to help it thrive, similarly, we treat our members as family and cultivate their success,” Nemec says. “Canopy Credit Union is a place where anyone can grow their financial possibilities. “Every decision I make is to help this credit union thrive and remain viable for the next generation. We do this by serving those members to the best of our ability,” Nemec says. “My goal is to make sure I help create a culture where our staff feel cared about and supported. Then they, in turn, will feel inspired to provide that same kind of service to our members.”

Eric Tipton

Accounting Manager, Canopy Credit Union


ric Tipton has the same goal whether he’s serving members or supporting his team in the finance department—to empower and develop people to reach their personal or professional goals. “What inspires me the most is the impact I have with our members and staff,” says Tipton, who started as a teller and now serves as the accounting manager at Canopy Credit Union. “We are providing the support our members need to reach their desired goals, helping them thrive within our community. It’s their accomplishments that make us successful.” Tipton graduated from Whitworth with a Bachelor of Arts in organization management, with certifications in accounting and operations management. This coming May, he will graduate with his MBA with a concentration in executive leadership from Whitworth University. “Having a positive impact on our community is what drives me. Spokane is an amazing city to grow and raise a family. I am proud to call it home,” he says. Eric recently celebrated 17 years of marriage with his “amazing wife,” who teaches in Spokane, and together they have an 11 year old daughter who loves training their three dogs and taking karate lessons. “I have the bonus of helping ‘everyone’ succeed and thrive,” Tipton says, “that’s my real reward and it means a lot to me.”

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CATALYST/meet your banker

Guy Ottersen 

TVP of Lending & Member Experience, Canopy Credit Union


anking can be intimidating for some. Guy Ottersen remembers going into the big name bank where he had his account and being charged a fee just for asking questions. As the vice president of lending and member experience with Canopy Credit Union, Ottersen never wants members to feel as though their individual needs, whether applying for a loan, planning retirement savings, or just keeping their paycheck safe, are taken for granted. “I’m dedicated to educating our members and providing solutions that are customized to their needs,” says Ottersen. “Whether individuals are financially stable or struggling, we want their experience to be easy and accessible.” For Ottersen, a graduate of Eastern Washington University and Western Cuna Management School, finding meaningful and positive ways to impact the lives of others has always been a huge motivator. His first job out of college was with a traditional bank. But the lack of personal service, unnecessary fees and one-sizefits-all perspective, led him to transition to Canopy Credit Union. “Working with our local community has provided countless opportunities to provide education, guidance and resources to those in need,” Ottersen says. “The results of these efforts have been fun to witness, as financial clarity and empowerment are at the heart of our mission here at Canopy Credit Union. “I want each member who interacts with our staff to leave that interaction happier and more confident in how their money and credit can work for them,” Ottersen says. “When our members feel this way, it affects not only those close to them, but also on our entire community.”

Susan Cerutti-Jensen

Marketing Director, Canopy Credit Union


nlike banks and online lenders, credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that serve their members—members who are actually owners. As the marketing director for Canopy Credit Union, celebrating member success stories is the part of the job Susan Cerutti-Jensen likes

best. “Seeing our members achieve their financial goals and dreams is aweinspiring. There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re empowering others to succeed,” Cerutti-Jensen says. “Our goal is to help people take control of their finances no matter where they are in their journey, even those who’ve struggled in the past,” she says. “I wake up excited about the work we’re doing and the lives being transformed as a result.” Spokane is the city Cerutti-Jensen calls home and the place she enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her husband of 26 years. A graduate of Western Washington University, Leadership Spokane, and the PRSA Greater Spokane Chapter 2017 Communications Professional of the Year, CeruttiJensen takes pride in working with a team of people who are passionate about serving credit union members, each other and the community at large. It’s what’s kept Cerutti-Jensen working in the credit union industry for more than 20 years. “People helping people, after all, is the principle on which credit unions are built. Every decision we make as a team is rooted in what’s best for our members,” Cerutti-Jensen says. “Serving our members and the community is gratifying work that’s grounded in doing what’s right over what’s easy or convenient.”  NOVEMBER 2019 /


CATALYST/meet your banker

Susan M. Horton, CPA President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Wheatland Bank


raditionally, the way people transition within their career is much like any other job seeker—they send in their resume and hope somebody in the hiring department takes notice. Susan Horton’s next job came directly to her. Horton was working as a certified public accountant, a position she’d held since 1984—lastly with McFarland & Alton PS (now Moss Adams), where she built and managed a financial services practice of more than 50 institutions, when she was approached by the board of directors of Wheatland Bank in 1999 to take the helm as the bank’s president and CEO. Initially, Horton declined Wheatland’s offer because she’d just achieved her lifetime goal of being made partner in her CPA firm. But she also saw a great opportunity to make a difference in the stability of the bank and communities it served.

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“Before I could agree to take the position, I needed to know that going forward, the bank would remain independent and work towards building value for our communities, employees and shareholders,” Horton says. Over a lunch meeting with the board, they slid Horton a napkin on which they’d written three words as their response—“Whatever It Takes!” At the time, Horton was only 37 years old and one of the only women bank CEOs in the state of Washington. During her tenure with Wheatland, she has implemented a strategic plan that has transformed Wheatland Bank into the premier independent, fullservice community bank in Eastern and Central Washington. Under Horton’s leadership, Wheatland has been recognized as one of the strongest banks in the country for each of the past 50 consecutive quarters by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading premier bank rating firm. One of the achievements of which Horton is most proud is guiding Wheatland Bank through the  Great Recession of  2007-2009. At one time, there were more than 20 locally owned banks in the greater Spokane and Eastern Washington area. Wheatland is one of only three that remain. “It’s critical to keep community banking alive. Wheatland Bank gives a level of service that is very personalized and customized both in urban and rural markets,” Horton says. “Wheatland is a full-service commercial and consumer bank, but we have a unique niche because of our roots in the agricultural communities. We are the only bank in the state of Washington that has over 30 percent of its loans in agricultural loans. We’re really pleased that this is an area where we can provide a lot of help to customers and help them succeed.” In March of 2019, Horton, who serves on the board of directors for both the Washington Bankers Association and the Downtown Spokane Partnership, was recognized as one of the “Top 20 Women in Business Leadership” by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine. She has also been recognized several times by U.S Banker Magazine as one of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.” Born and raised in Spokane, Horton is proud to serve this community and call it home. Both through her role at the bank and personally, Horton is passionate about giving back, supporting numerous local non-profit organizations throughout the Spokane community. During her free time, Horton enjoys spending time with her teenage daughter, traveling or riding horses on their ranch.

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Michael Palmer

Executive Vice President/Chief Banking Officer, Wheatland Bank


s the chief banking officer for Wheatland Bank, Mike  Palmer has the challenging and rewarding job of overseeing and supporting both loan and deposit growth for the bank.  Palmer, married 35 years with children, grew up in Spokane and graduated from Eastern Washington University with degrees in finance and economics. The majority of his career has been as a commercial banker, and  he considers  it an honor to be  trusted  enough by customers that they are willing to share  the ins and outs of their businesses with him—from  manufacturing,  aerospace, and agriculture to forest products and commercial real estate.   “It’s really amazing to see the variety of success stories out there, and very gratifying to know that what we do is a part of that success,” Palmer says. “I have been known to say more than once, when a customer gives us a tour of their business, it’s like going on a private field trip when you were in grade school … I love it,” he says. “When I talk to young bankers I try to instill the enthusiasm, fascination, and respect for the gift the customer gives us when they teach us about their business.” Palmer takes the same personal approach to creating a work place environment where employees feel empowered to create a customer experience that highlights the benefits of choosing to bank with a true “Community Bank.” “I’ve worked at large multi-billion dollar banks in my career and know firsthand that at larger banks it’s just not possible to customize the banking experience like we can at Wheatland,” Palmer says.

Troy Sims

SVP/Director of Residential Lending Services, Wheatland Bank


roy Sims, senior vice president/director of residential lending services at Wheatland Bank, has a firm conviction that two ways to build generational wealth and stability is through our educational opportunities and through home ownership. “Buying a house gives stability to families and to neighborhoods. Owning a home as a long term investment is one of the ways people can build wealth over generations,” says Sims, who is married with three daughters and two step daughters. “The stability of home ownership also provides a head start when it comes to education, as well, as it is much more difficult to succeed in school when you are constantly changing schools.” Sims will celebrate 28 years in the residential lending industry on January 2, 2020. He joined Wheatland Bank in January of 2017. He is past president of the Spokane Mortgage Lenders, and is particularly proud that in the 2.5 years since Wheatland expanded its residential lending services division, he and his team have helped more than 1,000 clients with a home loan (over 90 percent purchase), and assisted first-time home buyers with more than $1,000,000.00 in down payment assistance. “My goal is to create a good place to work for my staff. 1feel that is the foundation for creating a great experience for your client,” Sims says. “The culture of your back office is bound to spill out and become the culture that your clients experience.” NOVEMBER 2019 /


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Shelbie Rabe

VP, Business Service Manager, Wheatland Bank


s the business services manager with Wheatland Bank, Shelbie Rabe is in charge of helping customers identify efficient means of moving money electronically for their businesses. What that means, according to Rabe, is helping business customers find efficiencies within their day-to-day workflow, so they can spend more time running their business. Solutions might be electronically capturing payroll checks for direct deposit, collecting payments through ACH debit, initiating wires online, remote deposit and presenting ways to minimize risk and prevent fraud. “In some cases, business owners have done things the same way forever and ever, so I do a lot of listening and educating,” says Rabe, who’s been in the banking industry for 25 years—11 with Wheatland Bank. “Pretty much every option we offer is internet-based functionality, and there are lots of ways to get to the end result.” “A product is a product, but support and knowledge is the most important thing I can give to my clients,” Rabe says. “I love to live vicariously through my clients, learning about their businesses and helping them to operate better through the different products and services we offer.” Rabe has close ties to the Spokane community, where she has lived for 29 years. She sits on the Board for Spokane Hoopfest and has been involved with Joya, a local nonprofit to improve the lives of children with developmental disabilities.

Joe Walters 

SVP/Spokane Market Commercial Team Leader, Wheatland Bank


oe Walters started college with the vision of becoming a teacher. It wasn’t until one of his advisors saw in him the motivation to succeed, and suggested a different career path, that Walters gave banking some serious thought. That was in 1997. Since then, Walters has worked his way through the ranks from teller to personal banker to branch manager to commercial banker and now in his current position with Wheatland Bank as Senior Vice President, Spokane Market Commercial Team Leader. “Working the front lines as a teller taught me conflict resolution,” Walters says. “Every position I’ve held has definitely shaped me into the person I am today and allowed me to acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to advise clients, as well as deliver a high level of service.” As a commercial team leader, Walters works with commercial and industrial clients—basically anything to do with owning a business or owning commercial real estate is handled by Wheatland’s commercial banking group. “I truly enjoy walking into my office every morning, never knowing what the day is going to bring,” Walters says. “I’m constantly learning because every opportunity my team and I receive is different. No two deals are the same.” “With Wheatland being a community bank,” Walters adds, “we encourage our clients and prospects to sit down over a cup of coffee and discuss ways we can structure solutions for their very specific needs.”















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Kimberly Headley

Spokane Valley Manager, Gesa Credit Union


ove, Serve, Care. Those three words describe everything about Kimberly Headley and what she focuses on every day. “They apply to everything in my life: my family, my team, and to the members that we serve, and that has led to the success of my team here at the Spokane Valley location,” she says. “People are the most important asset that we have. Whether it’s with my team or my members, I choose to walk alongside them in order to help them achieve their goals.” Headley came to Gesa Credit Union just about three years ago to open the Sullivan Road location. This was an exciting opportunity for her to start a branch from the ground up. “I have led several teams and worked at a few other institutions and I can honestly say that upon coming to work at Gesa I gained an extension to my family.” To be successful it takes a team that, together, are able to create big things. “We have a great leadership team at Gesa that inspires me to do better every day, and I strive to be an example of those leadership qualities within my own team.” Headley invites you to stop in to see them at the Spokane Valley branch on Sullivan Road to see what sets them apart from their competition—their commitment to providing exceptional experiences.

Tucker Santucci

Newport Highway Spokane Manager, Gesa Credit Union


am a Seattle Mariner fan, so naturally I enjoy rooting for the underdog,” says Tucker Santucci. “This makes me a unique leader for Gesa Credit Union and allows me to showcase my strengths when it comes to remaining positive, including others and winning people over. It also helps me maintain the mindset my team and I need in order to be successful in banking: ‘Me and You versus the Problem.’”    Each day, Santucci’s team demonstrates these characteristics. “We each grow personally and professionally and we excel at creating strong member relationships, with the end goal of creating lifelong financial partnerships,” he says. “We strive to sit beside our members and solve problems, not make problems. I encourage my team to have feelings, show compassion and always lead from the heart.”   Santucci has been in banking for more than 25 years and has seen many changes. “Throughout that time, the team I have developed has excelled and adapted, becoming a shining example of the ultimate underdog story. We can understand problems faster, find solutions, and have the resources and capacity to take ownership in order to resolve them.”  Santucci has enjoyed the opportunity to lead many wonderful teams over the years, and his banking family is still growing. “The growth here at Gesa Credit Union is exciting and it is real,” he says. “I’m so excited to see what’s in store for my team and our members.”

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Ryan Hollingsworth

Retail Sales & Service Manager, Gesa Credit Union


row every day and have fun doing it—that’s the mantra that drives Ryan Hollingsworth and his team to success. “I have worked many places and managed many teams, and I’ve discovered that the key to happiness is to love what you do,” Hollingsworth says. “Working for Gesa Credit Union has empowered me to become the passionate, people-first leader I’ve always wanted to be; the type of leader you want to follow rather than have to follow.” This dynamic has created a phenomenal environment for teamwork and success. “My Gesa location in the Northtown Office Building opened less than two years ago, and from day one we’ve worked to establish a culture rich with collaboration, positivity, and heart,” he says. “We love our members, love each other, and love to have fun.” This world they’ve created inspires everyone in it to be the best version of themselves and bring their best every day and can be summarized in one hashtag they created: #BeLikeNorthtown. With technology advancing every day in the banking world and interactions with people becoming more limited to screens and typed words, a real connection with real people becomes a rare gem. “When you visit my Gesa location, you can expect that connection. No matter what the future holds, people will always be the most appreciable resource in the world we’ve built here—we welcome you to come see for yourself.”


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he best thing about Larry and Dawn Sorensens’ lake home, located on Pend Oreille just a few minutes from Sandpoint, is how it brings people together. Whether it’s their immediate family or a bigger crew of visiting family and friends, it’s a place to

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will retire here someday,” says Dawn. Larry had long wanted a lake place for his own family, remembering the times in his growing-up years that his family spent at a rented 700-square-foot cabin in his home state of Minnesota. With two bedrooms and a sleeping porch, it gave them everything they needed for a life’s worth of memories. Wanting their daughter, Natalie, to have a similar experience

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is poised at the ideal angle to take best advantage of views of Pend Oreille, the fifth-deepest lake in the United States, with decks attached to each pod. Dawn likes to do yoga on the deck off the master suite. “To me, that’s so much better than going to a studio somewhere,” she says. Elements like wood, stone, steel, glass, and concrete were selected for their timeless appeal and easy cohesion with the natural landscape. For every material they chose, they asked themselves,

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hue of the upper cabinets in the kitchen, in tile in the bathrooms, in the dining room’s upholstered chairs, and in little rocks in the concrete floors of the lower level. When it came to maintenance, the goal was simple: keep needs as minimal as possible, both outside and in. Outdoors, they chose no-mow grass that stays green all year and gets long and invitingly tufty, as well as ornamental grasses, Japanese maples, birches, and evergreens, none of it requiring upkeep. A steel firepit is a perfect location for evening relaxation, and wide, inviting stone steps lead down to the dock. Inside, low maintenance meant having a purpose for every space, with nothing excessive. Built-ins maximize square footage and contribute a streamlined, cohesive look, like the guest bedroom dresser, the

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a serene space for relaxation with a deep soaking tub and unobscured water views. Still, for all the thought put into the design and materials, nothing beats the lake itself. “I think my favorite thing about this house is the view,” says Larry. The Sorensens love the landscape they’re immersed in at the cabin, which includes encounters with wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see birds of prey soaring overhead, “eagles chasing osprey, osprey chasing eagles…” says Dawn. “You really feel connected to nature here,” she says. “That’s why it’s a sanctuary.” The finished home was selected by the AIA of Spokane in 2019 as a House of Distinction. The Residential Design Committee lauded the thoughtful design,

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Badger Mountain Home: Taking advantage of its proximity to the mountain foothill and the sprawling site, this custom house was elongated and turns in-on itself, creating a private and secluded back yard. Featuring 18’ full-height windows, 16’ cantilevering roofs, inground hot tub and pool and full outdoor kitchen; this design exceeds the clients' desire to entertain while providing them with two individual suites are on par with any 5-Star hotel. Complete with a glass showroom for a sports car.

HDG Architecture

If you’ve ever walked into a home, restaurant, office or even a convenience store in Spokane or Coeur d’Alene and thought, “Wow, this is place is cool,” there’s a good chance you’re in the presence of HDG Architecture. Launched in 2010 by Josh Hissong and Armando Hurtado, a couple of guys with incredible design acumen and certain iconoclastic streaks, HDG is an architecture and design studio that firmly believes the spaces people live and work in have the power to transform our experience. Frequently cited as an up-and-coming firm in the Pacific Northwest, HDG is a multi-faceted architecture and design studio with experience in commercial, single and multifamily residential,



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mixed-use, hospitality and restaurant design. Architecture, interior design, fabrication, branding and graphic design are all in-house assets, affording HDG the level of control required for the pursuit of an integrated, cohesive and appealing design solution. Local projects HDG has designed include Sweeto Burrito, Fire Artisan Pizza, and Nudo Ramen House restaurants, Nectar Wine Bar, and the College Avenue Apartments. The HDG team has also worked on renovations for the Steam Plant, DCI Engineers Inc., and Hoopfest headquarters in the Paulsen Center. They even remodeled the old Carr’s Corner Bar building in downtown, turning it into their own cool workspace. Stopping for the light at Third and Washington and looking left, it’s hard to miss the now modern office with the catch phrase, “If Not Now When” boldly painted in giant block letters on the wall. Architects and designers are often gathered together in collectives coldly called “firms.” HDG prefers “studio,” and it only makes sense. “Artistic, creativity and studio all kind of go together,” Hurtado says. “We consider ourselves creative—that's how we operate—we're here to provide a creative solution to a client's challenge.”

Great design is a product of deep insight and hard work, and HDG’s team of architects, interior designers, graphic designers and branding experts share a passion for their work, and a commitment to the underlying philosophy of every one of their projects: “Make it matter.” “If we’re going to do something, we put our all into it and strive to make it count, not just for the client's sake, but for our sake as well,” Hurtado says. “At the end of the day, you've got a happy client, a successful project, and something of which you're extremely proud.”

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Stillaguamish Administration Building: This 57,000 square foot administrative building showcases a 5,000 square foot atrium where carved wooden eagles sit perched on branches of carved trees overlooking the terrazzo floor designed to represent the Stillaguamish River. The interior displays artifacts and offers areas for rotating art of young tribal artists to keep their culture present.

Womer & Associates

Established in 1992 and Native-

American owned, Womer and Associates has built its foundation on “people, culture, design.” As a full-service architectural and engineering firm, Womer and Associates designs buildings that reflect the voice, the essence, and the heritage of their clients. Led by the new president Rick Mathews, P.E., and vice president Nima Motahari, this diverse team of designers, comprised of Native Americans and professionals from around the world, brings passion to its projects, and paints a portfolio with no two ventures alike. “What we see in your culture are traditions, colors, patterns, and elements that can infuse the built environment with a character that is unique. Every client has a unique culture and story. We strive to understand your culture before beginning the design process. “Our creative process discovers the identity of the people we work with by learning the visual and spatial expression of their past, current, and future needs; and realizing their vision for the project. We see our clients as people with their

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own story.” Many Womer and Associates projects, such as the Qʷəlút Healing Center, Nisqually Youth and Emergency Center, and Stillaguamish Administration Building, have tribal ties. Closer to home, they’ve earned awards for the Native Project, 1803 W. Maxwell close to downtown, and the Ben Burr Building, at 5915 S. Regal on the South Hill. If you’ve been to the Northtown Mall recently, Womer assisted with the planning for the Blue Zoo aquarium. “We strive to do projects that are very unique that say something about the fact that we can take an idea, a culture, an essence—whatever that may be, and give it life,” Motahari says. Nisqually Administration Building: The 24,500 square foot tribal government office building is a contemporary design paying tribute to the Nisqually fishing tradition through a sweeping roof line partially supported by log columns, an airy glass and cable “fishnet” atrium, and an interior meandering river with living trees and plants.



Hanson-Carlen Architecture & Construction

Hanson-Carlen Architecture and Construction is a

family owned business that has built in the Spokane area for 40 years. Dewey Hanson started the business upon moving here from the Midwest, having spent the previous 25 years in custom home construction. He and his brother Lyle started working alongside their father in the 1940s. Until just a few years ago, Dewey, now 92, would still drop by the shop to check in and make sure projects were going smoothly. Dedication and attention to detail are attributes that he’s passed on to his sons Tom and David, who are third generation builder/owners.

Metal & Wood Pergola: A recent commission involved giving a modern “twist” to a classic pergola. A combination of wood and metal was decided upon and the owner decided to let the metal I-beam rust to add a distinctive patina to the project. The owner affectionately dubbed the unique structure, the “Starship Enterprise.”

Hanson Carlen applies “inspired architecture and old-world craftsmanship” to residential architecture and construction. Creativity, balance and proportion with high quality execution are what drive and inspire the Hanson Carlen team, which includes carpenters, architects, cabinet makers and construction crews. “Our company provides the best of both worlds— architecture and craftsmen working together in harmony,” says David Hanson. “It is truly a fun relationship.” Hanson-Carlen believes that each part of a home should bring a family comfort and sincerely nurture the way they live their life. There are no cookiecutter designs here. Their passion for thinking outside the proverbial box and implementing superior solutions—with an ongoing commitment to professionalism and excellence—has garnered a number of national awards for upscale kitchen and bath remodels and recognition from Master Design Awards, honoring builders found to have high aesthetic standards for their projects. “We love the challenge of unique,” Hanson adds. “The part of the process that we enjoy most is seeing projects start from ideas and collaboration to drawings then to a final product that will last for many generations beyond us.”

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Strohmaier Construction

As a design-build firm,

Strohmaier Construction works with their clients all the way from the starting blocks to the finish line. Founded in 2011 by husband and wife duo Kyle and Raena Strohmaier, the Spokane-based business originally started with small fixes and bathrooms. Now, with a team of 10, they’ve hammered out a niche, doing entire home remodels, and creating custom homes and small commercial jobs. When clients seek a streamlined approach desiring to work with one company that has total ownership of all aspects from design to construction, they choose Strohmaier Construction. There is great value in this relationship 98 / NOVEMBER 2019

because it is efficient and cost effective. Being able to discuss budget and design elements simultaneously means plans can be drawn up accordingly, defining the fine line between wants and needs, and leaving less room for misinterpretation during the building process. “We want our clients to feel comfortable, heard, and safe,” Raena says. “And then, of course, we want them to be our clients for life.” It’s that dedication to client satisfaction that has earned Strohmaier Construction the Best of Houzz badge for outstanding customer service four years in a row. Here’s just one of

their many 5-Star customer reviews: “From our very first meeting, to our final walk-through at the end of our remodel, Strohmaier Construction exceeded our expectations every step of the way. Our experience was better than we could’ve ever imagined. Every employee we worked with directly or worked in our home was professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. The entire process from design, to demo, to making our dream become a reality was seamless.”

Whole home renovation on this beautiful old home on Upper Terrace. Goal of this project was to respect the time period it was built while providing the new family with modern day conveniences. Sherwin Williams-Repose Gray on the custom cabinets. Whistler by Hanstone for the countertops. (Image courtesy Skipping Stone Studio/Ben Cryer)

Design all the way to the finish line. 509-434-6177





Steven A. Meek Architects

Founded in 1991, Steven Meek Architects has stood fast to its primary focus: to have respect for the past, perform in the present and aspire to help the future through meaningful and purposeful architectural design. It’s an approach they refer to as, “Designing Significance,” that leads to a dedication to making the world—the “built environment”—meaningful and coherent.   Meek, who’s built a diverse portfolio over the last 34 years, strongly believes in his role as a project collaborator. He is committed in developing long term relationships with clients beyond providing quality architectural services, and his experience and insight directly benefit the projects and people involved, believing a successful project enhances both the client’s personal and professional pursuits. Meek and his team of architects and designers focus primarily on developeroriented projects, which includes office buildings, hotels and industrial facilities, as well as condominiums, apartment complexes and single-family custom housing. They’re also proud to have worked on 40 different churches throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. “I don't know that I have one particular type of project I like over the other. For me it's the challenge of solving problems,”

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says Meek, who took his first drafting class in the 8th grade. “Every project, whether small or large, has its own unique challenges. What's really fun is working with the clients, neighborhood and the city to figure out the best solution to whatever challenges we're facing.” At Steven Meek Architects, the studio culture is open, honest and collaborative. Through listening to their client and studying their needs and the surrounding environmental factors, they obtain a thorough understanding of the people who will live, work, and play there. This understanding allows them to create beautiful spaces with experiential meaning and purposeful function—“better places for people.” “We recently completed a project where the owner invited me to the open house and proceeded to tell me, and everyone within earshot, about how much better the project turned out than any of them could imagine, both aesthetically and functionally,” Meek says. “That kind of affirmation and recognition is the best type of reward we could ever receive.”



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F I R S T R E V I E W:

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo

by Andy Bornhop

photo by Richard Monning







photo by Right Light Media

F I R S T R E V I E W:

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo


little-known fact: the Macan is currently the best-selling Porsche in the world. Its volume is higher than the classic 911. Better than the Cayenne SUV, too. In fact, since 2014, Porsche has sold more than 460,000

of these compact sporty Macans, which are built in Leipzig, Germany, alongside the Panamera. Last year, the standard 2019 Macan (turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4) and Macan S (turbocharged 3.0-liter V6), received a mid-cycle update in the form of mild suspension tweaks and freshened styling that was highlighted by a single-bar taillight spanning the width of the vehicle. A new Porsche Macan Turbo evidently wasn’t quite ready, so it skipped the 2019 model year and emerged recently as a 2020 model, one of which we sampled recently on the damp roads surrounding Stuttgart, the German marque’s hometown.

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HORSEPOWER/2020 porsche

What engine powers the new Porsche Macan Turbo? The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo is powered by a new twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6, an engine shared with the Cayenne and Panamera. It’s a powerhouse of a powerplant, producing 434 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 405 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 rpm to 5,500 rpm. That output reaches all four wheels via a 7-speed PDK transmission (a dual-clutch gearbox with shift paddles) and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system that endows this compact SUV with some seriously sporty manners.

photo by Richard Monning

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How fast is the Porsche Macan Turbo? Powered as it is by the potent 2.9-liter V6 with turbos mounted inside the vee of the aluminum block, the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo just plain scoots. It hits 60 mph in 4.3 seconds (or 4.1 with the optional Sport Chrono Package), and it has a top speed of 167 mph, which is 3 mph faster than the previous Macan Turbo. Helping put all that power to the ground is aluminum doublewishbone suspension with staggered-width tires, size 265/45R-20 in front and 295/40R-20 in back. And as you’d expect of a Porsche, the Macan Turbo also has the requisite hardware to properly scrub all that speed, thanks to massive 15.4-inch front brake rotors with aluminum monobloc calipers.

Other brake upgrades Two other points about the brakes: the Macan Turbo is the first production Porsche with a thermoplastic brake pedal, which is stronger and lighter than the previously used steel part. (No difference could be felt in our day-long drive of the vehicle.) Also, the Macan Turbo’s brake rotors are coated with tungsten carbide to dramatically reduce the amount of brake dust that gets deposited on the alloy wheels over time. This coating treatment— called PSCB (Porsche Surface-Coated Brakes) and already used on the Cayenne Turbo—dramatically reduces rotor wear. (Although most people think brake dust is comprised primarily of spent pad material, Porsche says 70 percent of it actually comes from wear of the rotor itself.)

What’s it like to drive the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo? In a word: fun. The engine comes to life with an aggressive roar, then settles into pleasantly smooth idle. The shifts of the 7-speed PDK gearbox are seamless in casual driving, yet they firm up nicely when you begin pressing the accelerator pedal with gusto, such as when merging onto the Autobahn. Sport mode, with its quicker automatic downshifts and generally sportier overall character, quickly became our favorite driving mode. On the smooth German roads, we had no complaints whatsoever with the Macan Turbo’s ride quality, and the steering benefits from what feels like a natural level of assist. Although you can hear the powertrain, the Macan Turbo doesn’t come across as loud inside,

photo by Richard Monning



photo by Right Light Media

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and the view out and down the hood is good. Front-seat room is adequate for a driver 6-foot-5 or shorter, even with the optional panoramic sunroof. On the other hand, the Macan Turbo’s back seat is a tighter affair. A 6-foot-tall colleague had difficulty sitting in back when the front seat had been properly adjusted for him, which suggests what we feel is the key take-away here: the Macan Turbo is effectively a sports car with excellent around-town maneuverability and some of the utility of an SUV, but not necessarily all of it. Nobody is going to take this compact Porsche SUV off-road. And while the Macan is exceptionally sporty, it’s far more comfortable and refined in everyday use than, say, an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. How much does the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo cost? KBB drove a 2020 Macan Turbo with a starting price of $83,600. With options such as a black leather interior ($1,890), a panoramic sunroof ($1,670) and Adaptive Air Suspension ($1,390) joined by the likes of the Adaptive Cruise Control ($1,170), Park Assist ($1,200) and Lane-Keep Assist ($1,380), that price hit $100,390. During our German test drive, we saw some other Macan Turbos, ones fitted with options like a Burmester surround-sound stereo ($4,700) and the Sport Chrono Package ($1,360), that came awfully close to $110,000.



HORSEPOWER/auto repair a-list


Oh, the freedom and independence of your own set of wheels, it’s a beautiful thing. And it’s alarming how sudden life comes to a screeching halt when our vehicle is out of commission. In those moments, who we can trust, and how swiftly they can get us back on the road becomes of highest importance. The team at Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine has pulled together a list of some of the highest online and customer rated auto companies in our area, and we are proud to share them with you on the following pages in our A-List in Auto Repair. You’ll notice our partners have opted for expanded listings, but the list wasn’t derived based on those who chose to advertise with us. Each of the following listees has earned their way here.

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Arrow Auto Repair 3030 E. Mission Ave. (509) 535-2886 AutoCraft 16911 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 924-8738 Auto Service Centre 633 N. Madelia St. (509) 536-7727 Bill’s Import Auto Repair 3315 N. Monroe St. (509) 328-2348 Bob’s Service Center 618 W. Francis Ave. (509) 467-5493 Buck's Tire Automotive 918 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 327-1513 C & H Foreign Auto Repair 620 E. North Foothills Dr. (509) 487-9683

Certified Auto Repair and Service 106 S. Willow Rd. (509) 924-8575 Charley’s Valley Emission Center 12125 E. Trent Ave. (509) 924-6889 Country Homes Auto Service 8915 N. Division St. (509) 467-8639

products are being used to fix it right the first time. Take the worry and hassle out of collision repair and services. DAA invests in the latest technologies and uses the very best equipment and materials. Their people are highly trained and certified in their fields of expertise.

Craig’s Automotive Collision & Repair 6321 N. Cincinnati St. (509) 482-2800 DAA Auto Body Center 2607 S. Hayford Rd. (509) 244-2082 3001 E. Palouse Hwy. (509) 789-2080 When you need collision repair or vehicle services, you want your car or truck back as soon as possible. And you need to trust that quality parts and



HORSEPOWER/auto repair a-list

Dan’s Total Automotive 1519 S. Hayford Rd. (509) 244-3560 Dave’s Muffler Shop 3915 E. Francis Ave. (509) 466-2526 Discount Muffler 9104 E Sprague Ave (509) 381-1385 Divine’s Auto Center 822 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 455-6202 European AutoHaus 6510 W. Thorpe Rd. (509) 535-4506 European AutoHaus specializes in Audi, BMW, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen. They have an extensive inventory of parts and special tools to make working on these cars possible— they can align European car wheels, as well. Their team strives to do honest business where their customers feel comfortable with and confident in their recommendations and workmanship.

EuroPro Automotive, Inc. 11905 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 590-2002 Expert Alignment and Brake 2126 N. Atlantic St. (509) 328-7593

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Five Mile Auto Center 6606 N. Ash St. (509) 326-4401

Jennifer's Auto Sales & Service 15020 E. Sprague Ave (509) 926-5393

Specialties: Air conditioning, brakes, cooling systems, electrical, engine service, oil changes, preventative maintenance, suspension, transmission, fluid service and fuel system. Approach: Business goes where it is invited; it stays where it is well treated; price may offer an inducement, but quality and service offer the reason.

Whether your vehicle needs oil changes, tune-ups, break repair, or any other automotive repair, Jennifer's can help. Jennifer's offers ASE Certified mechanics and service on foreign and domestic vehicles. Come to Jennifer's for outstanding customer service, excellent auto mechanic work, and highly competitive auto repair prices.

The 509 Garage 1126 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 590-4520

Les Schwab Tire Center 2528 W. Northwest Blvd. (509) 327-4417 Mach 1 Muffler 1605 E. Francis Ave. (509) 327-6224 Manito Automotive Technicians 3804 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 838-0670

Gerber Collision & Glass 1627 E. Francis Ave. (509) 483-4113 Golden Rule Brake 815 E. Francis Ave. 625 N. Monroe St. 815 N. Pines Hopkins Automotive 3018 N. Nevada St. (509) 209-8835

Martin’s Auto Service 2520 N. Monroe St. (509) 325-4568

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With our state-of-the-art computer diagnostics and top notch non-commission ASE certified Automotive mechanics, your vehicle is in the best of care.

I know when Northwest Automotive works on my car, whatever they do will be completely honest. Thankful my neighbors recommended to me, as I was at a loss of where to get my vehicle worked on. —Suzanne

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everything from tune-ups to A/C repair, tire and custom wheels sales to fuel injections. They provide complimentary shuttle service to your home or office and will even pick you up when your car is done—they want to make your experience stress-free and memorable for the right reasons. mechanicspride. com

Mechanics Pride Tire & Automotive 1126 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 209-8831 2925 S. Mount Vernon St. (509) 534-0350 523 N. Pines Rd, Ste. E (509) 321-7243 Mechanics Pride has been serving the community for the past 27 years. The shop was started by Michael Federico, who has 39 years of experience in the automotive industry. Mechanics Pride is a full-service facility, offering

Midas 15220 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 590-4713 Nef’s Auto Repair 2405 N. Division St. (509) 808-5064 North Hill Auto Repair 4410 N. Wall St. (509) 328-5670 Northwest Automotive Repair Centers 324 N. Pines Rd. (509) 922-2006 Northwest Automotive is your complete car care center in Spokane. With their state-of-the-art computer diagnostics and top notch non-commission ASE

certified Automotive mechanics, your vehicle is in the best of care. Northwest Automotive will handle all of your auto repair, mechanical, tire and wheel needs.

Peerzo’s Quality Repair & Installs 17 S. Fiske St. (509) 534-1244 Perfection Tire & Auto Repair 9602 N. Division St. (509) 465-0110



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Pete’s Independent Honda Repair 2630 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 532-8631 Preedy’s Tires 703 E. Pacific Ave. (509) 534-0417 Prior’s Auto Care 9118 E. Mission Ave. (509) 922-0199

owner Jeremy’s blood. In 2008, Jeremy opened Sculley’s Automotive followed by his father Rick. In November 2018, he opened his second location in the Spokane Valley. The Sculley’s team stands by the 300 percent policy in which customers are taken care of to the highest of standards, whether or not he is present.

Ray & Roy’s Repair 13524 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 464-6801 Rob’s Automotive Repair & Exhaust 7304 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 413-1613 Save More Automotive 2605 N. Hamilton St. (509) 482-7283 Silver Star Automotive 1227 W. 3rd Ave. (509) 835-5334 Sculley’s Automotive 420 N. Pines Rd. (509) 340-9923 25 S. Main St., Deer Park (509) 276-8847 Raised in the small town of Deer Park with his father Rick, who also ran a small business of Auto Repair, service runs inn

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Spokane Quick Lube 2736 N. Division St. 1505 Northwest Blvd. 14704 E. Sprague Ave . 2815 E. 30th Ave. 406 W. Francis Ave. 1414 N. Argonne St. Tire Store 3817 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 535-9251 Tire-Rama 6401 E. Sprague Ave. 1918 Northwest Boulevard

7777 N. Division St. 4504 N. Division St. 1821 N. Hamilton St. 910 E. Holland Ave. 11711 E. Sprague Ave. 3030 E. 29th Ave. 10917 W. Sunset Hwy., Airway Heights 3510 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley 22117 E. Country Vista Dr., Liberty Lake Tire-Rama is more than a tire store—they operate 11 locations in Washington providing professional auto repairs along with tire and wheel sales and service. Every Tire-Rama is a NAPA AutoCare Center and TIA-certified tire dealer. All locations use quality NAPA auto parts and Tire-Rama honors the NAPA AutoCare Warranty on all qualifying repairs. All our stores offer comfortable waiting areas and Wi-Fi.

Tune Tech 9029 N. Division St. (509) 465-8863 UGM Motors 7103 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 327-4357 Ultimate Auto Care and Sales 6615 E. Broadway Ave. #1044 (509) 222-8584 Vandervert Automotive Services 319 E. Montgomery Ave. (509) 487-7720

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Wendle Motors 9000 N. Division St. (509) 252-0578 The Wendle Motors service department has the latest specialized technology and service staff who undergo regular and frequent training. When you take your vehicle to Wendle for all your service and repair needs—from regularly scheduled oil changes to major repairs—you can count on them to do their best to help keep your vehicle running smoothly. They also do their best to maintain your vehicle for the best price.

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A Contemplative Christmas Through the Trees by Judith Spitzer


A Secular Celebration of Christ and Christmas

hristmas trees, which personify the spirit of the holiday season, are the foundation of, “A Contemplative Christmas Through the Trees” scheduled to open in Spokane for four days starting December 11. Rosella Reggin, who founded and manages the event in its second year, says she has always been drawn to the majesty of trees and found a way to incorporate them into a Christmas scene using Biblical stories to answer the question: who is this baby born in Bethlehem? “Christmas can have many faces,”

Reggin says. “There are hardships and challenges that come with the joy and happiness. My focus has been the actual birth of Christ. We celebrate Christ and his humanity. We can be confident that Christ has walked a human experience and is definitely with us in our humanity.” Reggin and her husband Jim do not represent a specific religious organization or church; rather, they believe the Christmas story can be told simply—without highly commercialized or extreme trees and adornment, in a secular setting, says Marie Hartis, event spokeswoman.







“The event is for anyone seeking a nonchurch environment to explore the spiritual foundations of the holiday, in a relaxed and beautiful setting—at their own pace,” Hartis says. “This is a nonprofit event, largely funded by its founder and run entirely by her 30-40 dedicated volunteers, who want to share the joy of the season with the community in a spiritually meaningful way.” The self-guided tour allows guests to roam free and reflect on the trees and adornments while listening to traditional Christmas carols. This year there will be 24 themed trees in the group so visitors can linger, enjoy light refreshments, and “drink in the trees, the music, art and themed corners with special Biblical messages,” she adds. Reggin says the event is open to the community at large. “Everyone is welcome to tour the nonthreatening atmosphere, with our traditional trees and adornments and writings,” Reggin says. “It is a quiet and unhurried, so a person can page through readings and reflect on them. It’s not glitzy and glammy. My humble setting with trees allows people to see beyond the manger scene most people put on their mantles.” Any donations made will go to A Child’s Hope—a Spokane-based organization that facilitates foster adoptive homes. WHEN: December 11-16 WHERE: Corbin Mansion  TIMES: 4:30-8:30 p.m. “open house” style  ADMISSION: Free DONATIONS ACCEPTED TO: A Child’s Hope 118 / NOVEMBER 2019

WOMAN/listen to your mother

Mom’s Hugs Sixteen years old and sitting on the couch in tears. I don’t want

to leave the house. My cheeks have been invaded with purple cyst like projections and indentations. No amount of Maybelline will cover up the acne, the scars, my tears or embarrassment. The more makeup caked on, the more obvious it is that I am trying to hide my pain, both on the outside and deep in my heart, too. Through my tears, I tell my mom I am ugly and don’t want anyone to see me. My mom sits down beside me and she begins to cry. I see the pain in her eyes. My pain is her pain. Her arms are around me. A wonderful loving hug that lets me know that somehow everything will be okay. That to her, I still am and always will be pretty. She tenderly holds me, heartbroken. She is fully present, not even aware of how much her loving kindness alone was helping her 16 year old daughter deal with the end of her world as she knew it. Not knowing I would remember that moment and countless others so many years later. Fast forward about 16 years. My mom flew to Reno when her baby girl’s heart had been broken. I needed to get back home to the east coast but had become frozen with sadness and fear. My mom heard the desperation and heartache in my voice. She got on a plane— missed her connection—but eventually made it to me. Mind you, I was in my early 30s by then. My mom had never travelled alone before. Yet she flew more than 2,500 miles to get to me while I lived on cigarettes and Gatorade, paralyzed in the darkness of heartbreak and depression. The poor thing even suffered from food poisoning the day after she arrived. The kind of food poisoning that bottoms out your blood sugar and lands you in the ER. Yet she would have done it again for me without hesitation. Although she could never eat bruschetta again, or even say the word without wanting to throw up. Once we returned home from the hospital, it was my mom, still recovering from food poisoning, sitting on my couch, putting her arms around me, hugging me, holding me, wishing she could take my pain away, but knowing all she could do was be there for her daughter as she dealt with the end of the world as she knew it. Through all the years I was blessed to have my mom, she continued to give me too many to count, warmhearted, loving, secure, everything is going to be okay hugs. She knew she couldn’t take away my pain, but continued to be there for me, loving and kind, through things much more tragic than teenage acne or a breakup. She was my rock and my very best friend. A few years later, it’s my mom who is sitting on the couch in the same living room I sat in over 20 years ago. She doesn’t want to leave the house. Her cheeks have grown swollen from steroids. Her perfectly round head is shiny and bald. There is no way to hide the cushingoid face of a cancer patient. No makeup in the world can hide the dark circles under her beautiful hazel green eyes. No wig in the

ltym by Kristie Stolgitis

world that can replace the hair style and hair color she debated over every 6-8 weeks. “Kris, should I go shorter? Longer? Maybe lighter? Darker? Should I just go gray?” “Mom, do whatever you want. It will look good. It always looks good.” I get so frustrated. How I wish I could be frustrated with such silliness again and help her ponder her hair cut and color. It’s the little things. I hope my mom knew how beautiful she always was to me, even in the end. My mom was dying. She didn’t want to leave me and I didn’t want her to leave me either. I would have given up everything to make her well again. What would the world be like without my mom in it? How could the world go on? In mom-like fashion, she still worried about me, even in the end. Her words the day before she died, as her right hand gently touched my left cheek: “I worry about you. I want you to be happy and have a good life.” I took a deep breath in, put on my best poker face and reassured her as best I could that I would be okay, deep down knowing that I could not imagine my world without her in it. And to this day, it is really, really, really incredibly hard without her light in my life. My mom asked me many times after her diagnosis to never forget her hugs, as if that was possible. She said it more as the days and the hours so quickly passed and death approached far too soon. I think she was afraid she was going to be forgotten, not realizing what a gift and a treasure she was in my life. Not realizing that not one day would go by where I wouldn’t remember her. Her love. Her gentleness. Her kindness. Her laughter. Her friendship. Her hugs. Kristie Stolgitis is a Massachusetts native who spent over 10 years exploring the US as a travel nurse before obtaining her master’s degree. She adores children and feels blessed that she gets to work as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with all the kiddos here in the community. Kristie has enjoyed writing since her early teen years when she began journaling. She hopes to write a book one day about her life experiences and travel. She is also an avid poker player who enjoys abstract painting in her spare time. She lives in Spokane with her fiancé Matt. In February, Listen to Your Mother Spokane will hold auditions for its final season. They want to hear your story about mothering or motherhood, be it beautiful, beastly, or somewhere in between. LTYM Spokane welcomes auditioners from all backgrounds and gender identities—you need not be a writer or a mother. For more information or to sign up for notifications when audition details are announced, visit NOVEMBER 2019 /




by Amber Jensen

Sticks, Stones and Half Eaten Pinecones SPRING BLED SWIFTLY into summer this

year for our family. We spent late winter working on the property around our home. Acres of tree limbing and thinning for fire fuels reduction. The crunch of rotten snow morphed into the slip of spring mud and rain while the hum of the chainsaw became the song of our life. We worked as a family—my husband limbing and felling small trees and the children and I dragging limbs and trees into small piles—every day and evening. We chased the sun to its evening dip beyond the

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horizon, and soon the days were much longer and our work around our home was slowed and complete. I thought we’d take a moment to breathe and catch our breath but it wasn’t so. We had to get our property up north, outside of Colville, ready for a women’s retreat I was hosting. That meant completing the campsite we had spent last summer working on. All of this work meant the kids were often left to their own adventures. Spring and summer in the thick northeast Washington forest isn’t the worst place to be. Pockets were filled with various treasures along the way. I was recently begrudging the lack of breathing that I did this year. As I washed and sorted laundry that hasn’t fit any of my four children in months I felt a familiar pang of anger and resentment rise up. Our home is in various stages of havoc, hoarding and just plain disarray. I haven’t been able to get ahead of it. My husband is still making weekend trips up north to finish work there

before winter blankets the forest with sleep and ice. Resentment. During the hours of sitting in the stillness of the forest I never felt resentment or even guilt. Laughter spilled out over the glassy lake while my children splashed and paddled kayaks around, and I didn’t feel anger in my gut. And yet, standing over that mountain of neglected laundry, I felt negativity churn. Fall is a time of slowing and settling for me. I lean into it with a smooth yet hasty transition and by November I am generally in a groove of contented intention. This year feels different as I tidy tiny piles of twigs and stones all around the house. I stack small rocks, handed to me throughout the gleaming sparkly days of heat and shine. I arrange little white animal bones and empty snail shells on side tables and shelves and my heart tugs up the warmth of summer’s sun. Half eaten pinecones sleep in dust bunny eddies under various pieces of furniture and I’m reminded of the puppy we’ve watched grow since last November and how much things can change while remaining mostly the same. My children will be older next summer. It’s an obvious statement, but as I steady a small stone atop a stack, near where I drink my morning coffee, I am reminded that November is a month in which I place full action and intention on gratitude. The details of how life moves and works—laundry, dishes, dust bunnies and seasonal transitions—they’ll be there to remind us of the steady turn of our world. The little piles of treasures found and gifted by tiny hands ... well, they may get smaller and fewer until it’s all I long for at the end of the season of warm sunny adventures and forest whispers with sun sparkles on the lake and in their little eyes. I am grateful for small piles of sticks and stones and half eaten pinecones and a summer spent in the forest with my family. I am grateful for little treasures.

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by Katie Swanstrom


Ankle Sprains

Autumn is upon us and both club and school sports are in full swing. Along with football

games and cooler weather, comes an increase in sports injuries. As a foot and ankle surgeon, the most common sports injury I see is by far ankle sprains. Having played soccer on Spokane Select teams growing up, I have had multiple ankle sprains. The treatment I received was RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and “walk it off.” With this treatment I improved for a short time, but without fail, sprained an ankle every three months. Without follow up, my ankle instability worsened to the point where I missed more games than I was able to play in a year. Ankle sprains are most common in contact sports with cutting activities such as football, lacrosse, basketball, and soccer. Parents can get injured as well, trudging across the uneven ground to get to your assigned field, inevitably at least a mile from where the car is parked. Regardless of how the injury occurs, it will take a year to fully heal. Most of my patients are shocked to hear the recovery time and have an expectation that sprains heal within a few weeks. If it didn’t break, then it can’t be that bad, right? A sprain by definition is a ligamentous injury. Ligaments have less blood supply and often take longer to heal than bone. Many people try to return to sports activity too soon after an ankle sprain. This will lead to recurrence of swelling and increased pain, especially if not braced properly. The ligaments need time to heel and appropriate exercises to retrain and strengthen. This is not something that can typically be done on one’s own. Taking time out of a busy schedule to see a foot and ankle

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specialist and go to physical therapy will allow for faster healing. This gets you back to pre-injury activity level much faster with a stable ankle. Otherwise, a moderate sprain can lead to re-injury and more time off the field. An ankle sprain does need RICE initially, but it also requires long term follow up from a foot and ankle specialist, temporary bracing, and physical therapy. There are different grades of ankle sprains and the treatment regimen varies based on the severity of the sprain. The ligaments can develop laxity if left untreated, and result in ankle instability and chronic sprains. Over years of functioning with an unstable ankle, arthritis can occur and may require an ankle fusion or total joint replacement. In children, the growth plates are very close to the injured area and need serial radiographs to monitor closely to prevent growth disturbances. Cartilage or tendon damage can also occur with a severe sprain. A foot and ankle specialist is trained to detect these injuries and treat them appropriately. Katie Swanstrom, DPM, FACFAS, is the owner and physician at Spokane Foot Clinic.

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Why Perimenopause Can

Strike As Early As Your Mid-30s “My whole body is breaking down, falling to pieces. My mind, too.” In addition, she gained 15 pounds in less than two years. “That’s fat. But if you’d seen me about 10 days ago,” she added, “I looked like I was 30 pounds overweight because of water retention.” Then it went away later in her monthly cycle. Another client, Dianne, complained of other symptoms. “I couldn’t explain why I didn’t want sex anymore,” she said. Her doctor assured her she didn’t have a hormone problem, nor signs of any medical disorder, and suggested an emotional or psychological cause, while Dianne was certain her lack of libido “was for a physical reason.” by Ann Louise Gittleman

Bloating, brain fog, depression, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, loss of libido, menstrual

irregularities, migraines, thinning hair, swollen ankles and feet, vaginal dryness, water retention, and weight gain are common symptoms among menopausal women. But while they don’t recognize the cause, all too many women start to experience these complaints— signs of perimenopause—starting in their mid-30s. “It’s not unlike a bad case of premenstrual syndrome,” explains Gloria Bachmann, MD, professor and chief of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. But because reproductive aging is a progressive rather than a discrete change, perimenopause is difficult to recognize. “When they first start to appear, perimenopausal symptoms may seem unrelated,” says Nancy Lee Teaff, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist in Charlotte, NC, “and women often treat each problem individually, not seeing the connection until years later. “Skipped periods and hot flashes are almost automatically attributed to menopause, ” she adds, “but if your first symptom happens to be insomnia, you may spend hours in a therapist’s office before it becomes apparent that the problem is primarily hormonal.”

The Change Before the Change

When I wrote the New York Times bestseller, Before the Change, few people were even aware of perimenopause. Women like me were wondering, “What on earth is happening to my body?” After many nights without solid sleep, it’s no wonder we were exhausted. One of my clients, Liz, complained of “No energy … I’m tired all the time,” she told me.

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Estrogen Dominance

While Liz and Dianne had very different symptoms, they both lacked energy and vitality—and were beginning to experience menstrual irregularities. Much like myself and other clients in perimenopause, they shared some of the many signs of estrogen dominance—ranging from bloating and fatigue to diminished sex drive and weight gain—increasingly common from the mid30s on. In a normal menstrual cycle, your estrogen levels are high for a week or so after your period—peaking around the 12th day, beginning to drop just before you ovulate. After ovulation, the hormone progesterone increases, stimulating the build up of the uterine lining. If the ovum (egg) has not been fertilized in this cycle, both estrogen and progesterone levels drop sharply. If the egg is fertilized, progesterone remains high during pregnancy. During the subtle hormonal changes of perimenopause, this natural balance

gets thrown out of whack. If you don’t ovulate, for instance, the ovaries don’t secrete enough progesterone to counteract the effects of estrogen—and estrogen dominance occurs. Estrogen stimulates both breast cell and uterine lining growth, increasing the risk of cancer. This hormone also adds to body fat and promotes water retention. Estrogendominant women tend to be depressed, suffer headaches, experience slow thyroid function, lower libido, and blood sugar imbalances. By contrast, progesterone stabilizes both breast cell and uterine lining growth, helps burn fat as fuel, and is a natural antidepressant and diuretic. This hormone also enhances sex drive and supports thyroid function, while stabilizing blood sugar. As women approach menopause, hormonal imbalance not only increases but also raises their risk for cardiovascular disease. Besides its ability to counteract the unwanted effects of estrogen dominance, progesterone has been credited with helping to prevent heart disease and cancer. Among women in their 30s and 40s, this hormone also protects against osteoporosis. By menopause around the age of 50, progesterone levels have declined 12 times the decline in estrogen—only exacerbating estrogen dominance. Interestingly, men have higher levels of the female hormone progesterone than some postmenopausal women.

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That’s too bad, because progesterone boosts energy levels, probably by helping thyroid hormones work better. Another of my clients, Jackie, is a case in point. At 44, she came to my office, complaining

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4235 S. CHENEY Come for the pot pie, stay for the atmosphere. When I have out-of-town visitors, one of the first places I recommend to visit is Chaps. It doesn't matter if you're looking for fresh croissants, an out of this world brunch or a late night dinner; Chaps is a catch-all experience. The pot pie is no exception. There is something truly special about the rich drinkable gravy, soft shredded chicken and thick cut vegetables, all hidden under a oneof-a-kind flaky crust. It doesn't hurt that you can choose to eat it in their vibrant farm chic dining room or out on the best patio in town.

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As soon as the brisk autumn weather blows its way into Spokane and the leaves fall from trees like colorful rain, I immediately seek out warm and hearty soul food. Some people take to cooking up a bowl of thick creamy soup, while others heat up the oven for a warm crusty pie. It might be my penchant for indecision, but I can't deny my craving for either, so I do what any reasonable fat kid would do on a sub-zero Saturday—I sink my tundra tortured face into a chunky chicken pot pie. Growing up, the majority of us spent a night or two in front of the TV watching Quantum Leap with a burnt Banquet pot pie on our lap. We deserve so much better. So now I find myself leaping from restaurant to restaurant, striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping the next pot pie will be the pie ... oh boy.





1235 S. GRAND BLVD. If you lived or spent adequate time on the South Hill and you never made it to Lindaman's, you did yourself a huge disservice. This quaint little coffee shop turned deli had a variety of salads, sandwiches and desserts that would turn anyone into a regular. Their pot pies were so popular, if you wanted one, you had to call ahead to make sure they weren’t sold out. Made daily, you could have one heated up in-house or take it home for a movie night on the couch. They will be missed.

2013 E. 29TH AVE. I've been a customer of Laguna Cafe since they opened 12 years ago. Owners Dan and Debbie wanted to bring a little slice of the Sunshine State to the beautiful (albeit less sunny) Northwest. I'm in awe of anyone who vows to serve me Thanksgiving dinner any day of the week. If it's cold and dreary, one way to beat the breeze is to snuggle up to their chunky pot pie, catch some live music and drink a bottle from their unique wine selection. A casual yet quaint atmosphere nestled on the South Hill.

12622 E. SPRAGUE AVE. It takes common sense to realize if a place makes a great dessert pie, there is a great chance they might make an equally amazing savory version. Conley’s, which has fed Spokane Valley for the better part of 30 years, might be famous for their Pioneer Pies, Irish cornbeef hash and the Lorraine quiche—but next time you're in, do yourself a favor and order a pot pie. This deep dish pie is more than a mouthful and comes with Conley's famous cornbread and a side salad. Plus, you pretty much aren't allowed to leave the premises without a slice of strawberry rhubarb.

12611 N. DIVISION ST. Is there any place better to be eating a pot pie than in a log cabin? Prospectors reminds me of a side of the road kitchen you'd stumble upon in small country town. Steaks, burgers and apparently enormous over-filled pot pies with sprigs of rosemary sticking out of the top … they won't be showing up on a lite menu any time soon, but if you're hungry and looking to forget the lackluster weather outside, this bowl of love will do you no wrong. I also recently found out they often serve a version of this behemoth filled with their popular prime rib.



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popped up on your foodie radar recently, let me enlighten you about what a magnificent dine-out place it has become. The diverse options for food alone are worth the drive, no matter which side of the city you call home. You’ve probably been to Umi Kitchen and Sushi Bar at Kendall Yards, but did you know there’s a delicious sushi place further north? QQ Sushi is the first place I brought my husband to when he visited Spokane for the first time, and it’s a place we visit monthly, if not more frequently. QQ is a small restaurant and gets crowded easily—if you’re planning to go after 5 p.m., be prepared for a short (but worth it) wait. If you’re really hungry, you can’t go wrong with any dinner bento, which includes your choice of meat and steamed or fried rice, gyoza, miso soup, and a California roll. For sushi, we highly recommend the Red Dragon Roll (it’s even noted as a top “customer’s choice” roll) and the best-kept secret of them all, the $6 sushi sauté. With salmon, cream cheese and avocado inside, tempura fried with spicy aioli and eel sauce,

on the North Side it’s a decadent bite of sushi. Another phenomenal spot to visit is the ever-incredible Cascadia Public House. It's busy (because it's filled with delicious, approachable menu options), but the staff is so efficient and professional, you'll hardly notice. Locals flock to this spot for so many reasons, including the fresh remodel, the two fire pits on the patio and the use of locally sourced ingredients for their products. Anytime I pop in, I absolutely have to get their housemade pretzels with stout beer cheese and stone-ground mustard. If you're vegan, you'll love that they also offer cashew cheese with these tasty morsels. Also highly recommended are their soups and salads, served with locally made Alpine Bakery bread, and the creamy Tillamook mac and cheese—also available as a curry mac if you're feeling adventurous. To be fair, I don't think you can order incorrectly with this menu as your guide, as everything we have ever had here is memorable and well-crafted. If you’re looking for a local place to grab a beer, pizza and to watch a game, you have to visit Adelo’s Pizza, Pasta and Pints. One

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by Kris Kilduf

Spokane's nightclub scene has often

been the butt of relentless jokes. With places like Marquee, Stage 54, Blue Dolphin and, most recently, Impulse missing the mark, venues like nYne, Lion's Lair and the Globe are evolving to fit a community in search of places to stay up late, dance, drink and socialize in a safe environment. Globe owner Scott Wilburn, who took over the space in 2017, was quick to revive the central Division nightclub with a few select upgrades to a fully remodeled interior. The iconic hot-spot was up-until-recently only missing one piece: a show-stopping food and cocktail program. Enter new management and long time accountant of Wilburn, Alysha Delaney, who consulted with local marketing teams and influencers in key changes that included market research, event development and diversifying the clientele while keeping the atmosphere a popular go-to on the weekend. In short, attracting curious outof-towners and hungry foodies looking for fresh and exciting experiences while maintaining the fanfare of weekend regulars wanting a fast pace nightery to celebrate with bottle service, flirt with new friends or dance it up with some of the top local DJs. The most recent revisions include bringing in master mixologist Kristi Gamble, who is undoubtedly one of the Northwest's most talented bartenders.

Gamble developed Clover's bar program that was chosen for Food and Wine Magazine's "Top 100 Bars in America" in 2013. Gamble will be leading the charge in developing a unique cocktail experience for Spokane and will be hands-on in training a mostly new staff in beer, wine and spirits. I attended one of her recent tasting classes on gin, and it was an eyeopening adventure into the history and architecture of a product that is highly under-utilized in the local market. Next was a complete overhaul of the food program. This wasn't about making a new menu; it was about breathing new life into a kitchen that has been stuck making burgers since its inception. As always, that process starts with a concept and a chef who can execute it. Paul Nimens, who has worked directly under Josh Martin, chef instructor at the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, and Anna Vogel, who was nominated for a James Beard award at Italia Trattoria, has developed years of experience in butchery, sushi, pasta making and authentic Indian cuisine. A diverse skill set that will come in handy with a restaurant named the Globe, who is positioning its new rotating menu as “internationally inspired pub fare.” The Globe Bar and Kitchen is quickly becoming a must-experience destination for any crowd. If you're looking for the party, you won't want to miss ladies night on Fridays with $4 wells. If you're on the hunt for an after work award-winning cocktail with co-workers, order the new lavender whiskey sour: a perfectly blended libation with lavender leaves frozen into the ice cube. Or if you simply want a perfectly executed small plate, pick up chef 's Cajun shrimp and grits. Huge blackened shrimp sautéed in butter, spices and tossed atop a pile of white cheddar grits that will make you forget all about this blustery pre-winter weather. 

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Brittany Kulland is a pastry chef by trade and a foodie at heart. She is also a mom of two beautiful girls and a menagerie of furry kids and wife to the most supportive guy out there. After more than a decade away, she’s back home in Spokane and loves supporting the local community. Find her on Instagram at @sassypantssugarshoppe.

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Spiced Italian Plum Hand Pies with Honey

Some types of produce, you can find

anywhere. I mean, you can get a horned melon and perfectly Fibonacci-sequenced Romanesco at many big-box grocers these days. One item that may be harder to find, though, is the Italian plum. Small (about the size of a walnut) and deep purple in color, this little jewel of a fruit comes on for harvest just as fall hits our region. It’s worth trekking up to Green Bluff (these are from Abundance Farms) to find and is truly versatile in its application. The surefire way to showcase stone fruit is by tucking it into a flaky, buttery crust and letting it shine. The Italian plum takes on a melty, nearly caramel-like quality when baked and needs nearly nothing to reach food nirvana heights. That being said, its perfect complement comes in the form of warm spice and just a hint of tang. Glorious Artisan Bakery sports a Honey Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar (I know, dear, just trust me) that takes these plums to the next level. This recipe could easily be converted into a full pie, but I’m a creature of convenience. By that, I mean I like to be able to eat my pie sans utensils. Hand pies are a favorite of mine, and I’m positive you’ll love them too.


For the crust: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. granulated sugar 1 tsp. kosher salt 10 oz. butter, cold and cubed Up to 3 oz. ice cold water In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender or a fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse sand with a few pea-sized chunks of butter. One tablespoon at a time, add water and mix in until mixture just comes together. There may be loose crumbs here and there—that’s okay. Form dough into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic. Refrigerate at least two hours before using it.

For the filling: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate 1-2 hours before using. 3 cups (10-12) plums, pits removed, cut into small chunks 2 TBS. granulated sugar 2 TBS. brown sugar 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 TBS. fresh thyme leaves, minced 1/4 cup honey ginger balsamic vinegar (optional, but trust me) 5 tsp. corn starch For the glaze: 3 cups powdered sugar 2-3 TBS. honey ginger balsamic vinegar

To assemble: Preheat oven to 400F. Sprinkle flour on a clean, flat surface. Roll crust out to 1/8” thickness. Using a 4” round cutter, cut as many circles out of the dough as you can before re-rolling scraps. Whisk egg and water together to form an egg wash. Brush the edges of the circles. Top each circle with 2 tablespoons of plum filling. Fold the circle over the filling and pinch together. Using a form, crimp the edges to seal the pastry. Place hand pies on a baking sheet, and cut a small slit in the top of each to allow steam to escape. Brush the tops lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake 18-20 mins, or until the crust is golden brown. Allow it to cool completely. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups powdered sugar and 2-3 tablespoons honey ginger balsamic vinegar to make a smooth glaze. Drizzle over the pies and allow to set. Best served with friends and family, but I won’t judge if you hoard them all for yourself.



LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide

dininglocal BONEFISH GRILL. Chilean seabass is a rich, meltin-your-mouth fish that is tender, buttery, and moist with large, thick flakes. They cook their seabass over an oak-burning grill to give it a unique, Bonefish Grill flavor. Pair with one of their signature toppings like fresh chimichurri sauce or Pan Asian style. 4750 N. Division St., Ste. 1300. (509) 960-8978, CASCADIA PUBLIC HOUSE. Cascadia is a locally owned gastropub that sources regionally with an emphasis on sustainability. A popular dish, Oregonzola Steak Salad, features sliced steak from St Helen’s farm, organic baby spinach, candied walnuts, thick bacon, organic dried cranberries, rogue Oregonzola bleu cheese crumbles, and a fan of pink lady apples. 6314 N. Ash St., (509) 321-7051, 1898 PUBLIC HOUSE. With a nod of respect to the year our golf club was established, 1898 Public House combines a storied history, delicious cuisine and stunning views. Located at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club, Executive Chef Tyler Schwenk invites you to eat and drink inspired, while enjoying classic foods with a fresh and tasty twist. 2010 W. Waikiki Rd., (509) 466-2121, FRANK’S DINER. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-missat-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd Ave., 10929 N. Newport Hwy, (509) 465-2464, GILDED UNICORN. This Modern American, Classic restaurant features hand crafted foods and drinks located in the historic Montvale Hotel. The name reflects their blend of classic and modern without taking ourselves too seriously.  They showcase  local, seasonal food and drinks from the Northwest and beyond coerced into new fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. 110 S. Monroe St., (509) 309-3698, MASSELOW’S STEAKHOUSE. With nine prime-grade steaks and the best seafood oceans and rivers have to offer, Masselow’s Steakhouse continually provides the “wow” factor. With an outstanding array of mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine selection and true Kalispel Hospitality, Chef Tanya Broesder and her team create a special experience you won’t soon forget. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, (509) 481-6020, PARK LODGE. Chef Philip has been cooking for

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more than 15 years in fine dining establishments in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Paris, and Spokane. His philosophy toward food is one of careful consideration—recipes should highlight the ingredients. The dishes at Park Lodge attempt to help others develop the same love and respect he holds for the ingredients they are provided with. 411 N. Nettleton St., (509) 3409347, RANCHO VIEJO. Jose Rodriguez and his staff offer up traditional and familiar Mexican fare with some of the amplest portions and most caring family-friendly service in Spokane. 14201 E. Sprague, (509) 927-8428,

in Spokane. Their first menu had more than 40 kinds of exotic burgers, taking Spokane by storm. Today, their menu has grown but their commitment to only using the finest ingredients, thoughtfully prepared fresh, by trained chefs remains the same. 7522 N. Division St., (509) 482-6100,

3 NINJAS CURBSIDE. After five years and many glorious victories over the legions of the unflavored, the ninjas at 3 Ninjas Food Truck realized their customers wanted them to have their own lair. The lords of the land of Kendall Yards asked if they would bring their skill and fortitude to bear and bring peace to the realm. So it was to be known that 3 Ninjas Curbside would be born as the place where a road weary traveler could find new flavors and exciting combinations for which to please their palate. 1198 W. Summit Parkway, (509) 783-3613.

315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS. The Greenbriar Inn is the home of 315 Martinis and Tapas located in a garden setting in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The cuisine is eclectic and international in nature, with an emphasis on tapas and an award winning martini bar. Highlights include happy hour, food specials, live music, and a bed and breakfast. Built in 1908, this historic structure is supported by a friendly and gracious staff. 315 E. Wallace Ave., (208) 667-9660,

SUSHI.COM. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what’s fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent hot options, if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. 430 W. Main, (509) 838-0630, SWINGING DOORS. A family owned business, The Swinging Doors has been a part of Spokane for more than 30 years. Their restaurant offers huge portions and a wonderful atmosphere second to none in the Spokane area—along with a sports bar with 50 TVs to watch all your favorite sports, as well as Golden Tee, a pool table, bumper shuffleboard, and much more. 1018 W. Francis Ave., (509) 326-6794, THAI BAMBOO. Since 2001 Thai Bamboo has offered a delicious Thai and Asian food dining experience. Thai Bamboo is consistently ranked as a Spokane and North Idaho number one Thai and Asian restaurant with everything you need and expect: authentic delicious cuisine, huge menu, elegant dining with fantastic décor and atmosphere, prompt friendly service, private banquet rooms, open throughout the day, seven days per week. 5406 N. Division St., 2926 E. 29th Ave., 12722 E. Sprague Ave., 2010 N. 4th St., CDA, THE ONION TAPHOUSE & GRILL. It all started in 1978 when they introduced the first gourmet burger

TORO SUSHI. Full sushi menu with a huge selection of sushi rolls, as well as a full Japanese fusion menu. They dazzle guests with daily lunch specials and traditional Japanese grilled skewers that pair perfectly with a cold beer from their wide selection of domestic and imported beer. Toro also offers a variety of sake, wine and cocktails. 328 N. Sullivan Rd., (509) 703-7029.

WANDERING TABLE. The team at Wandering Table has an insatiable appetite for cooking and creating food. They love what they do. And they consider this restaurant their restaurant. This is their way of cooking what  they want to cook. And Wandering Table is how they share the food they love to eat. 1242 W. Summit Parkway, (509) 443-4410, WILD SAGE BISTRO. They have designed a menu that allows them to be creative on a daily basis, and work within the limits of what is in season and available. They are always looking for unique ingredients to highlight, as well as local beef, regional fresh fish, local gardens, heirloom vegetables, fruits and tomatoes for their exquisite dishes. 916 W. 2nd Ave., (509) 456-7575, YARDS BRUNCHEON.  The team at Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend to all week by offering brunch everyday. This modern diner is a combination of breakfast and lunch complimented with classic brunch cocktails. Their menu features comfort food from all over using local farms and producers in the season. They make most of their menu items in house including their pastries, which are some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees and teas from around the world. 1248 W. Summit Prky., (509) 290-5952,





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CLARKSVILLE/rocket girl

by Doug Clark

Rocket Girl ONCE UPON A FAIR and not too distant autumn morning, a woman a shade past five feet tall straddled a silver motorcycle three times her size. And blew my mind. “That’s Donna Browne,” stated OJ Stephens, the “Hot Rod Announcer” at the Spokane County Raceway Park. Browne, he informed spectators, was this season’s points leader in the Bike Sled Division, a title she would go on to claim the very next day. No biggie. She won it last year, too. Perched on a butt-numbing patch of grandstand concrete, I couldn’t help but cheer as Browne blew past me on her way down the straight long stretch of tire-stained asphalt. This run, I knew, was to establish time and not an actual competitive race. Still, Browne finished her quarter-mile blast a hair under 120 mph, which, from my total lack of racing experience, is terrifying. 146 / NOVEMBER 2019

Donna Browne, if you haven’t guessed by now, is a dragster. And, no, I don’t mean those odd fashionista dudes who conduct storytime at the public library. Browne’s a biker. A motorcycle mamma. A… “Donna’s a badass,” said Kristin Carriere with a grin. “Everybody looks up to her. She’s got real street cred.” Carriere owns Spokane’s Empire Cycle & Power Sports, a veritable candy store for the bike-oriented crowd. Carriere and partner, Cheryl Weixel, decided to sponsor Browne after she started drag racing the used 2005 Triumph Rocket they sold her several years ago. It was a no-brainer, added Carriere. The Rocket is a cruiser on steroids that requires old school shifting and real knowhow to race. She’s going against “guys who ride crotch rockets with twice the technical advantages,” Carriere explained. How ‘bout we pause here for purposes of perspective? Last summer, I regaled you all with a yarn about the red 49cc Honda Ruckus weienie scooter that I, um, scoot around on. The Triumph Rocket is a tad more imposing. It’s 2,300cc of pure roadster muscle, the biggest street legal motorcycle currently being produced. Aside from the latest Rocket, which, I’m told, comes with a 200cc upgrade. Yet despite all that mechanized brawn, the Rocket still retains the groovy British lines. No wonder Triumph motorcycles were favored by alpha male movie stars of yore like McQueen, Eastwood, Brando… I wish I had the spine to race a Rocket, let alone ride one. Sadly, I’m too much of a chicken heart. You’d have to force me

on one at gunpoint, although that’d be problematic. See, a quarter mile wouldn’t be long enough. I’d have to keep going until I found a clean pair of pants. So, you can see why I’m so enamored with the fearless Donna Browne. She’s the Spokane area’s Rocket Girl. By day, however, Browne is a mildmannered property appraiser for North Idaho’s Kootenai County. Turn her loose on that rip-roaring cycle of hers, and she’s hell on two-wheels, winning races and winning fans. As a bonus, Browne often gives away souvenir motorcycle necklaces after her races. “I gave one once to this little 6 or 7-yearold girl. Her grandma started crying,” she recalled. “She said it was the nicest thing that anyone had done for her.” (WORD to whoever runs the Triumph corporation: Donna Browne is a publicity gold mine waiting to be tapped. Sign her to a contract. Give her the latest Rocket. Doll her up in custom leathers with corporate logos, and reap the rewards.) Ben Browne laughed. “Donna is a fan favorite,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many guys have told me, ‘She’s got bigger balls than I do.’” Ben is Donna’s husband, a mechanic who works on high-performance BMW automobiles. He, too, owns and rides a Triumph Rocket, although he doesn’t race it. He’d rather serve as his wife’s personal mechanic, advisor and pit crew when needed. I drove to North Idaho recently to meet them at their home in Post Falls. We sat at the dining room table and I had to ask the obvious. Why such a behemoth bike? “Cuz it’s cool,” Browne said quickly, adding that she enjoys being among the very few female Rocket riders. “They’re hard to

come by.” You could say she grew her way into the challenge. Raised in Lewiston, Browne got her first motorcycle at age 15 and immediately started complaining that it was too small. “A Yamaha 100,” Brown scoffed. “I liked everything about riding the very first day, but it was gutless.” Not that she was about to give it up. “I grew up on a bike,” she said. “Every day after school I was out riding the canyons with the boys.” At 17, she upgraded her situation with a much faster steed, a Yamaha 175. It was also her first experience with the pitfalls that can occur on two wheels. Browne got smacked while riding through an intersection. The good news is that the offending car was a flimsy VW bug. Damage was negligible. It was probably the bug owner’s fault, said Browne, but who wants the hassle? “Let’s leave,” she told the driver and they did just that. She moved up again, this time to a Kawasaki 900. “I’ve always had bigger bikes than my friends,” she said, laughing again. Riding a bike was as natural as breathing. One of her favorite memories is riding a Honda 1300 VTX all the way to Las Vegas and back. “Two days down; two days back – 2,800 miles,” she said. “One time I tried to total up all the miles I’ve had on my bikes. It must be something over 80,000 miles.” She paused. “Guess I’ve done this my whole life. I can’t imagine not having a motorcycle.” Winning at the dragstrip, however, isn’t just about speed. There’s always somebody competing in a faster car or bike or soupedup something or other. That’s why there are rules.

Racers take one pass or more to establish a time they decide to compete with. A “pass,” by the way, equals one trip down the strip. Times vary due to weather, air quality and track conditions. Slower racers get a head start to make it fair. Faster racers hang back and wait for their delayed light to turn green. The goal is to outride your opponent without exceeding the time you selected. “You have to be as consistent as you can,” said Browne. Getting to that point took some doing on such a big bike, she admitted. Browne decided to see what her Rocket could do at Raceway Park. Her first attempt hit a snag. Track authorities were somewhat queasy about letting Browne speed down a drag strip wearing pink gardening gloves and jeans. The next time she came wearing the proper protective attire. From that point on, she’s become a track fixture, racking up more than 100 passes during the season. “I’ll race anybody out there,” she told me. “I’ll even race you.” That’s a thought. My Ruckus against her Triumph? Given that my top speed is maybe 35 mph with a back wind, I’ll need a pretty good head start. “How much of a head start?” asked Rocket Girl. Hmm. How about all the way to Ritzville? Doug Clark is a Spokane native and lead singer/songwriter for his band, Trailer Park Girls. He recently retired from The Spokesman-Review after writing three columns a week for more than 30 years. Clark’s humor and general-interest commentaries have won scores of local, state and regional honors along with three awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He can be reached at



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